Summer Health

Summer Health

 

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The Heatwave and Summer preparedness programme, overseen by Public Health England have sent through these handy resources in order to help you keep safe and cool during the hot Summer period.

We know that hot weather and the heat can affect anyone, but some people run a greater risk of serious harm. Remember to think of those who may be more at risk from the effects of heat – these include the following:

  • older people, especially those over 75
  • babies and young children
  • people with a serious chronic condition, particularly dementia, heart, breathing or mobility problems
  • people with serious mental health problems
  • people on certain medications, including those that affect sweating and temperature control (for example, diuretics, antihistamines, beta-blockers and antipsychotics
  • people who are already ill and dehydrated (for example, from gastroenteritis)
  • people who misuse alcohol or drugs
  • people who are physically active (for example, soldiers, athletes, hikers and manual workers)
  • homeless people (Department of Health and Social Care, 2022)

Air pollution: this can become worse during periods of hot weather and affect those with heart and/or lung problems. Information on the latest pollution levels, the air quality forecast and health advice can be found on the UK-AIR website or call 0800 55 66 77

Check out the Summer health useful links below:

Beat the Heat Posterview as PDF 

If you want more information about how hot weather can affect your health please visit www.nhs.uk. If you are concerned about your health or somebody you care for, advice can be obtained from Looking after yourself and others during hot weather (www.nhs.uk), NHS 111 or your local pharmacist.