NHS Milton Keynes Clinical Commissioning Group and its member GPs in Milton Keynes are supporting Public Health England’s Heatwave campaign to protect the population from heat-related harm to health by giving early advice and guidance in preparation for hot spells this summer.
Many of us welcome the summer, but high temperatures can be dangerous to people’s health, particularly the elderly, young children, those with physical or mental health problems, the homeless and people whose skin burns easily in the sun.
The message is simple, planning ahead can save lives.
Dr Nessan Carson, local GP and GP Board Member at NHS Milton Keynes Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) is urging people to take care in the heat.
“People can become unwell quickly in hot weather – particularly elderly and vulnerable people – so it’s vital to take action early and know how to keep yourself and loved ones safe. We are offering some simple advice to help people keep well in the hot weather;
Check on others especially the elderly, people who are isolated and vulnerable people
Listen to the weather forecast and the news
Plan ahead to avoid the heat
Drink plenty of water, avoid alcohol and caffeinated drinks
Dress appropriately for the weather
Slow down and avoid heavy activity
Know how to keep your home cool
Go indoors or outdoors, whichever feels cooler
Cars get hot, avoid closed spaces”
For more information about Heatwave see: http://www.nhs.uk/heatwave