Summer health

GPs, pharmacists and other healthcare professionals from the Vale of York have worked with the CCG to provide self-help guides so that you and your family and friends can stay safe and healthy during the summer months.

How to stay safe in a heatwave

Hot weather can make for a great summer but when temperatures are high for long periods this can pose a serious threat to people’s health. It’s important to know how to stay safe during a heatwave. Read more 

Hay fever

Hay fever affects around one in five people in the UK, and is most common between late March and September, especially when it's warm, humid and windy. This is when the pollen count is at its highest. Read more










Sunburn is a common condition, especially during hot weather in spring and summer. The sun’s ultraviolet (UV) rays can cause damage to your skin when it is left unprotected and exposed. Read more

Worried about a mole?

Moles are small, coloured spots on the skin. Most people have some moles and they are usually nothing to worry about. Read more

Insect bites and stings

The majority of insect bites and stings are minor and will get better within a few hours or days.These bites and stings can come from insects including wasps, hornets, bees, horseflies, ticks, mosquitoes, fleas, bedbugs, spiders and midges. Read more

Athlete’s foot

Athlete’s foot is a common fungal infection that affects your feet. You can usually treat it with creams, sprays or powders from a pharmacy but it can keep coming back. Read more

Food poisoning

Food poisoning is usually a minor illness and you should get better within a week. It can usually be treated at home with self-care remedies. Read more 

Actinic keratoses (solar keratoses)

Actinic keratoses, or solar keratoses, are rough patches of skin caused by damage from extensive sun exposure over the course of many years. These skin patches are a minor condition and should go away on their own. Read more

Heat rash (prickly heat)

Heat rash can be uncomfortable but is usually harmless. It should clear up on its own within a few days. Read more


Asthma is a common lung condition that can cause breathing difficulties. It can affect people of all ages and often starts during childhood but adults can develop it for the first time too. There is no cure for asthma but with simple treatments you can keep the symptoms under control and carry on with your life as normal. Read more

What medicine should you take with you on holiday?

When planning your holiday it’s important to think about the first aid supplies you need to take with you.To stay safe and healthy when you go away you should pack a basic travel health kit. Read more