NHS issues heat-health advice for Sussex

The NHS in Sussex is warning about the health risks posed by the hot weather and  issuing advice on how to stay safe  in the heat, after the Met Office issued a level Two Heat-health alert for the region.

With temperatures set to continue through much of the coming days across Sussex, the NHS is urging those who are most vulnerable to take extra care and people are being reminded to look out for others.

Dehydrationheat exhaustion and heatstroke can affect anyone, but the most vulnerable people are older people, anyone with a serious or long-term illness, people who spend a lot of time outside or in hot places.

A spokesperson for the NHS in Sussex said:

“We reminding people to take extra care of themselves and check in with their loved ones while out enjoying the hot weather this week.

“For some people, a heatwave can pose a serious health risk, especially older people, children and babies and those with long-term health conditions.

“Much of the hot weather advice from the NHS is common sense, such as drinking plenty of water and sticking to the shade. But, it’s also worth checking in with family, friends and neighbours during the hot weather to make sure they have the support they need, especially if they are higher risk.”

The NHS is offering some simple tips to follow to help beat the heat and for coping in hot weather:

  • use sun screen at least with factor 30spf if going outside
  • stay cool indoors
  • close curtains on rooms that face the sun to keep indoor spaces cooler
  • drink plenty of fluids and avoid excess alcohol
  • try to keep out of the sun between 11am to 3pm
  • walk in the shade and wear a wide brimmed hat if you have to go out in the heat
  • make sure you take water with you if you are travelling