With the temperatures soaring over the last few days visitors to urgent services including A&E with sun and heat related problems have risen dramatically, putting extra pressure onto services. As we move into summer health chiefs from NHS Wolverhampton Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) are encouraging people in the area to take care when enjoying the sunshine and look after themselves to protect against needing urgent medical attention.
Keeping active in the fresh air is good news for our health but exposure of unprotected skin to the sun’s harmful rays can cause serious problems including sunburn, heatstroke and even cancer. Don’t forget to wear a hat and a high factor suncream before you go outside. If you do experience problems don’t forget that you can visit your local pharmacist or call 111 to get advice and help
Now, health chiefs have issued some top tips to help you stay safe in the sun:
- Drink plenty of water to avoid dehydration in hot weather
- Apply sunscreen every few hours with a factor of at least 15 and preferably higher
- Use sunscreen to protect babies and children, and ensure they have plenty of fluids when outside in the open air
- Make sure children do not become overheated or dehydrated when indoors
- Avoid sunbathing between 11am and 3pm when the sun is at its hottest
- If travelling by car, take drinking water for the journey and ensure children do not become overheated
- Never leave children or pets in cars parked in the sun
- Wear a hat and light, loose-fitting clothes, preferably cotton
- Use sun glasses that offer your eyes 100 UV protection.
Dr Helen Hibbs Accountable Officer of NHS Wolverhampton CCG said: “Because of the temperate British climate it can be very tempting to bask in the sun when the high temperatures arrive. While this is perfectly understandable, it also carries a risk. So, I’m urging people to alter their sunbathing habits and cover up vulnerable skin in the midday sun so we can all enjoy the sun more safely. Far from trying to stop people from enjoying the sunshine, we just want people to take a few simple precautions to ensure that they can make the most of the weather safely.”
For more information on sun awareness visit http://www.nhs.uk/Livewell/skin/Pages/Sunsafe.aspx