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Local NHS advises the public to ‘keep cool and take care in the sun’ this summer

The Vale of York may experience “heatwave” conditions as temperatures are set to rise across England over the next few days.

The Met Office has forecast potential heatwave conditions for all parts of England except the north east, and has declared a Level 2 Heat-health alert.

NHS Vale of York Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) is reminding people in the local area to take extra care of their health during the imminent hot spell.

Dr Mark Hayes, the CCG’s Chief Clinical Officer, said: “Whilst we want everyone to enjoy the good weather, the very young, the elderly and the seriously ill should take extra care as these groups are most susceptible to the risk of health problems when the weather is hot.

“In particular the heat can make heart and breathing problems worse and cause symptoms such as dehydration, overheating, heat exhaustion and sun stroke.”

However, some simple steps can be taken to reduce health risks and help keep you cool:

• Avoid the heat: stay out of the sun and don't go out in the hottest part of the day (between 11am and 3pm)
• Have cool baths or showers, and splash yourself with cool water
• Stay tuned to the weather forecast on the radio or TV, or on the Met Office website
• Plan ahead to make sure you have enough supplies, such as food, water and any medications you need
• Wear loose, cool clothing and a hat if you go outdoors
• Check up on friends, relatives and neighbours who may be less able to look after themselves

Dr Mark Hayes added: “Having a cold alcoholic beverage can be a favourite pastime in summer in Britain, however we advise people to avoid drinking excessive amounts of alcohol in the hot weather as this can lead to higher, more dangerous levels of dehydration. Drinking plenty of water is the best way to rehydrate.

“It is also especially important to stay cool and if you are with someone who feels unwell, get them out of the sun to rest and give them plenty of fluids to drink.

“So, if someone starts to display symptoms such as breathlessness, chest pain, confusion, weakness, dizziness or cramps, don’t leave them alone, seek medical help ASAP.”

For free 24 hour help and advice for urgent medial conditions, call 111. For further advice on staying well during a heatwave, please visit www.nhs.uk.

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