Ambulance service offers advice for hot weather

PUBLISHED: 16:30 12 September 2016 | UPDATED: 16:50 12 September 2016

The ambulance service has issued advice about staying safe in the hot weather

The ambulance service has issued advice about staying safe in the hot weather

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The East of England Ambulance Service NHS Trust (EEAST) has issued advice on keeping safe as temperatures are set to soar in September.

With highs of 31 degrees expected in Hertfordshire this week, the ambulance service is reminding the public that simple steps can be taken to avoid suffering in the sun.

The most vulnerable in hot weather are the very young, older people or those with existing chronic or long-term medical conditions.

In particular, warmer weather can make heart and respiratory problems worse, and can cause sunburn. In extreme cases excess heat can lead to heatstroke, which can be fatal.

The ambulance service advises that residents:

* Wear a hat.

* Take particular care when the sun is at its hottest, between 11am and 3pm, sticking to shady areas where possible.

* Wear plenty of high-factor sun cream and don’t forget to top up regularly, and replenish after swimming.

* Use insect repellent if prone to bites

* Drink plenty of water to stay hydrated

Clinical lead Dave Allen said: “Everyone welcomes the warm weather and we want everyone to make the most of it, but to enjoy it and not need to call 999.

“Our advice is particularly useful for people to share with friends and family who may not be online or need extra support in their care.

“Taking simple steps like these mean you can enjoy the good weather without compromising your health, which is the most important thing to consider in such high temperatures.”

If you need medical help and it is not an emergency, call the NHS non-emergency helpline on 111, which is open 24 hours a day, or see your GP or pharmacist.


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