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Think of others during the heat

Monday 19th June, 2017

‘Look out for your vulnerable friends and neighbours’, is the message being shared as hot weather hits the county.

The Met Office is predicting above-average temperatures until the start of September and a Level Three heat alert has been issued.

There is a 90 percent probability of heatwave conditions between Monday and Thursday  and at the same time there is also an unusual level of high UV across the whole country which will cause people to burn considerably quicker than usual.

People are being encouraged to keep an eye out for anyone who might need help maintaining their health and wellbeing or struggle to cope in the hot weather.

High temperatures - especially those early on in the summer catching people out - can be dangerous, particularly for the very young, elderly, or those with serious health conditions. Very hot weather can make heart and breathing problems worse.

The health effects of intense heat can come on very quickly so think about your neighbours, friends and family – help them to keep cool.
 
Advice for hot weather:

• Keep out of the sun between 11.00am and 3.00pm
• If you have to go out in the heat, walk in the shade, apply sunscreen and wear a hat and light scarf
• Avoid extreme physical exertion
• Wear light, loose-fitting cotton clothes.
• Keep your living space cool 
• Keep windows that are exposed to the sun closed during the day, and open windows at night when the temperature has dropped
• Close curtains that receive morning or afternoon sun
• Keep indoor plants and bowls of water in the house as evaporation helps cool the air

Anyone worried about their health during hot weather or a heatwave, especially if taking medication, feeling unwell or having any unusual symptoms such as cramp in arms, legs or stomach, weaknesses or problems sleeping should contact their doctor, speak to a pharmacist, or call NHS 111 or visit the website at www.nhsdirect.nhs.uk. Alternatively get a neighbour or friend to help you get help.

Advice on how to reduce the risk either for yourself or somebody you know can be obtained from NHS Choices, NHS 111 or from your local chemist.

How to contact the communications team

You can reach our communication team by:

  • Calling – 01903 707447
  • Emailing – contactus.coastal@nhs.net
  • Writing to – Communications Team, NHS Coastal West Sussex CCG, 1 The Causeway, Goring-by-Sea, West Sussex, BN12 6BT