Don’t score an own goal this week – stay cool in the hot weather

SunshineWith the hot weather set to continue into next week, and the bonus of the football world cup still being on the TV, NHS Herefordshire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) are encouraging people to stay cool.  

If you’re combining the footie with a few beers and a BBQ afterwards, remember that alcohol increases your risk of dehydration. Don’t score an own goal; take care to stay hydrated and use sunscreen.   

With temperatures in the mid-twenties, sun worshippers are being urged to take it easy in the heat by following this simple advice:

  • Drink cold drinks and avoid tea, coffee and alcohol which can dehydrate you
  • Use sunscreen with a SPF of at least 15, make sure that it is still in date, follow the pack instructions and apply at regular intervals – otherwise it is ineffective
  • Use sunscreen together with shade and clothing including a hat to protect your skin from burning – never use sunscreen as a reason to stay longer in direct sunlight. Please be aware children and babies are at particular risk if sunburn
  • Make sure you have water with you
  • Check on elderly and vulnerable neighbours and friends who may find the heat too much. The heat can be dangerous for the very young, older people or those with serious illnesses. In particular, it can make heart, kidney and respiratory problems worse.

Dr Ian Tait, local GP, Clinical Lead and Chair of the CCG, said: “Hot weather combined with a world cup is a great excuse to catch up with friends.

“Hopefully the party mood will continue and we’re encouraging everyone to take some basic steps to ensure the party does not end in tears.

“No one wants a red face the following morning, so encourage your mates to wear sunscreen and if you are drinking alcohol don’t forget to drink plenty of water.     

“If you feel unwell after being in the sun for some time, it’s a good idea to go somewhere cool to rest and have a cool shower or bath. If you are breathless, or are confused or dizzy, call NHS 111 or seek advice from your local pharmacy.”

The NHS Choices website is also full of help and advice and can be found at www.nhs.uk.

If you still feel unwell after following the advice above, you should make an appointment to see your GP. Your local pharmacy can also help provide over the counter remedies and prescriptions during the season.