GPs are supporting Public Health England's Heatwave campaign to protect the population from heat-related harm to health by giving early advice and guidance in preparation for hot spells this summer.
Many of us welcome the summer, but high temperatures can be dangerous to people's health, particularly the elderly, young children, those with physical or mental health problems, the homeless and people whose skin burns easily in the sun.
The message is simple, planning ahead can save lives.
The following advice has been issued:
- Look after yourself, check on others especially the elderly
- Listen to the weather forecast and the news
- Plan ahead to avoid the heat
- Drink plenty of water, avoid alcohol and caffeinated drinks
- Dress appropriately for the weather
- Slow down and avoid heavy activity
- Know how to keep your home cool
- Go indoors or outdoors, whichever feels cooler
- Cars get hot, avoid closed spaces
Dr Matthew Davies, Chair of NHS Nene Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) is urging people to take care in the heat.
“People can fall ill very quickly so it's vital to take action early and know how to keep yourself and loved ones safe in the hot weather. The Heatwave campaign plans a way we can work together and keep everyone safe in the sun by taking some simple advice.
“The plan aims to work together with local people and organisations like schools, doctors and care homes to share advice and prevent deaths. In the 2003 heatwave, there were 2,000 to 3,000 excess deaths and we want to prevent that happening again.”
For more information about Heatwave see: http://www.nhs.uk/heatwave