With the spring bank holiday here and the summery weather continuing, NHS Blackburn with Darwen and NHS East Lancashire Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) are urging people to take care in the sun.
The heat can be dangerous for the very young, older people or those with serious illnesses. In particular, it can make heart and respiratory problems worse.
With summer temperatures often reaching more than 25°C, 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 to protect your skin from burning – never use sunscreen as a reason to stay longer in direct sunlight
- Make sure you have water with you
- Check on elderly and vulnerable neighbours and friends who may find the heat too much.
Dr Preeti Shukla, Clinical Lead at NHS Blackburn with Darwen CCG said:
“Most of us welcome some sunshine after a long and cold winter, but we need to make sure that we are fully prepared for the damaging effects that the sun and heat can have on our health.
“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, please visit the NHS Choices website, call NHS 111 or seek advice from your local pharmacy.”
The NHS Choices website 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.
Several pharmacies will be open across East Lancashire and Blackburn with Darwen to ensure people have access to over the counter remedies and prescriptions during the season. A full list of the pharmacies is available online at: