People in Wolverhampton urged to stay ‘sun safe’ this summer

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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  

75% of City pharmacies sign up to health improvement scheme

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Three quarters of pharmacies in Wolverhampton have signed up to a new scheme designed to give local residents additional help to improve their health and wellbeing.HEALTHY LIVING PHARMACIES

The City of Wolverhampton Council, Wolverhampton Local Pharmaceutical Committee and Wolverhampton Clinical Commissioning Group formally launched the Healthy Living Pharmacy (HLP) programme at one of the first pharmacies in the City to secure HLP status recently.

Extended GP opening over the Bank Holiday

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On Monday 29 May 2017 urgent services for patients registered at the below practices will be available – (please note that this is not a walk in service – patients must book an appointment in order to be seen).

(The General Practice Forward View (GPFV) included a commitment to improve access to general practice, and the CCG have looked to implement extended access schemes over Bank Holiday periods to reduce the burden on the Urgent Care Centre over future bank holiday periods in 2017/18).

Wolverhampton antibiotic awareness competition shortlisted for prestigious award

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A competition where children created posters to raise awareness about the use of antibiotics has been nominated for a prestigious award.antibiotics poster

The Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust (RWT) has been shortlisted in the Children and Family category of the Antibiotic Guardian Awards, following a successful antibiotic poster competition ran in partnership with NHS Wolverhampton Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and Wolverhampton City Council.

The competition was part of a city-wide campaign which aimed to make people more aware of the dangers of misusing antibiotics. If left unchecked it could lead to a shortage, or see bacteria become resistant to these potentially life-saving drugs. 

After learning about the correct use of antibiotics in school, children made posters to spread the message. The five winning pieces were showcased for six weeks in the Wolverhampton Art Gallery.