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Canterbury and Coastal: Stay safe in the sun

User AvatarPosted by Bobbie Walkem-Smith at 17/07/2013 11:22:50

Summer months are a busy time for the NHS, with soaring temperatures leading to increased numbers of patients suffering heat exhaustion, sunburn and allergic reactions from insect bites.

Being aware and well prepared for the hot weather can help people to stay healthy, cool and protected, says NHS Canterbury and Coastal Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) which has released top tips for staying safe in the sun.

To stay safe in the sun:

• Avoid getting sunburnt by using good quality sunscreen
• Drink plenty of water or squash to avoid dehydration
• Stay out of the sun when it is at its hottest, from 11am – 3pm
• Stay cool by wearing loose-fitting clothes and a hat
• Protect your eyes with sunglasses.

Dr Mark Jones, Chair of NHS Canterbury and Coastal CCG said: “We aim to help people in our community to stay safe and well this summer. Our top tips should help people to know how to stay safe whilst enjoying the summer sun."

Not all ailments need assistance from an NHS service – a grazed knee, a sore throat, mild sunburn or mild sunstroke may be best treated by staying at home, resting and drinking plenty of fluids. Remember antibiotics do not work on viral infections such as a cough and colds.

Dr Jones added: “Patients that need medical help and advice are advised to call their GP practice first. Many surgeries offer a call back service for patients who urgently need to speak to a doctor. But if the practice is closed, the answerphone will have details of the GP out-of-hours service.

“People sometimes go to A&E because they are not sure what to do for the best. By phoning the GP or out-of-hours service, people can get the expert care they need in the right place and keep emergency NHS services free for those with life-threatening and serious illness and injuries.”

To find out more about summer health visit: www.nhs.uk/Summerhealth.

Helpful contacts:

• DentaLine – for dental emergencies that cannot wait until your dentist reopens, call 01634 890 300 (open evenings and weekends).
• Out-of-hours GP - for urgent help when your GP surgery is closed, phone your GP surgery and listen to the answerphone message.
• Mental Health Matters – for confidential, emotional support 24/7, call 0800 107 0160.

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