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Top tips to beat the heat

29 June 2018


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Hot weather can pose a real health risk for many, especially older people, babies or very young children, and anyone with breathing problems or many other health conditions.

As the temperature rises and a heatwave sets in,people are being advised to take some easy measures to help them stay well despite soaring temperatures.

Dr Thomas Waite of Public Health England, said:"Much of the advice on beating the heat is common sense. But it’s always useful to think about what you can do to protect yourself and your family and friends from heat.

"For some people, such as older people those with underlying health conditions, young children and babies, the summer heat can bring real health risks. That's why we're urging everyone to keep an eye onthose you know who may be at risk this summer. If you're able, ask if your friends, family or neighbours need any support."

NHS Clinical Commissioning Groups for Bedfordshire and Luton are offering these advice tips for staying safe in the heat:

  • Look out for anyone vulnerable to the effects of the heat, especially older people, young children and babies and those with underlying health conditions

  • Drink plenty of water – try to avoid alcoholic drinks which can make you more dehydrated

  • Close curtains on rooms that face the sun to keep cooler indoors and remember it may be cooler outdoors than indoors, so open windows when it feels cooler outside and it’s safe to do so

  • Never leave anyone in a closed, parked vehicle, especially infants, young children oranimals

  • Try to keep out of the sun from 11am to 3pm when it is hottest

  • If you have to go out in the heat, walk in the shade, apply sunscreen and wear a hat

  • Avoid physical exertion in the hottest parts of the day

  • Wear light, loose fitting cotton clothes.

There is more health guidance available from theNHS at www.nhs.uk

                                                                                                                                       

 

 


Notes to editors

  •  Bedfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group is responsible for planning, organising and buying NHS-funded healthcare for the 450,000 people who live in Bedfordshire. This includes hospital, community health and mental health services.
  • Luton Clinical Commissioning Group is responsible for planning, organising and buying NHS-funded healthcare for the 240,000 people who live in Luton. This includes hospital, community health and mental health services.

  • BCCG is run by GPs, nurses, hospital doctors and other clinicians – the people you see whenever you come into contact with the NHS. All 50 GP practices in Bedfordshire are members of the CCG which is divided into five areas, which we call localities. These are: Bedford, Chiltern Vale, Leighton Buzzard, Ivel Valley and West Mid Bedfordshire.

  • LCCG is run by GPs, nurses, hospital doctors and other clinicians – the people you see whenever you come into contact with the NHS. 28 GP practices in Luton are members of the CCG.

 

www.lutonccg.nhs.uk

www.bedfordshireccg.nhs.uk

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