GP’s advice on hot weather
PUBLISHED: 09:00 13 July 2013
An Exmouth GP has reminded people to take care and look out for vulnerable friends and neighbours in hot weather.
With the Met Office predicting hot weather for the rest of July and possibly into August, Dr Prue Mitchell, who is also the clinical lead for cancer for the NHS’s local clinical commissioning group, said people should try to stay out of the heat and cool themselves down, look out for others and to take precautions if they are elderly or have a health problem.
She said: “Some of the danger signs to watch out for during hot weather include feeling faint and dizzy, shortness of breath and vomiting or increasing confusion.
“I’d recommend keeping out of the sun when it is at its strongest, between 11am and 3pm and making sure you wear light, loose-fitting cotton clothes and a hat where possible.
“It’s worth making sure you have plenty of cold drinks to hand and avoid drinking alcohol and too much caffeine to avoid dehydrating.
“At home you should try to make sure your living space is cool, and this is especially important for young children and babies, the elderly or those with chronic health conditions.
“Keep an eye on your family and neighbours as well, especially if they are elderly or vulnerable.
“Making sure you use at least sun factor protection 15 sunscreen is also important. There are almost 250 cases of malignant melanoma, the most serious form of skin cancer, and 40 related deaths every year in Devon.”
For more information contact NHS Direct on 0845 4647 or go to www.nhsdirect.nhs.uk, or for advice on sun protection go to www.cancerresearchuk.org/sunsmart.