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Important: Heatwave Advice

Issued by: NHS Castle Point and Rochford CCG and NHS Southend CCG

Important: Heatwave advice

 

The NHS in south east Essex is urging people to look after themselves, act responsibility and use NHS services sensibly, during the heatwave this week: please think twice before heading to A&E or calling 999 when it’s not an emergency.

Here are some top tips to keep well during the heatwave:

 

  • If you need urgent medical care when your GP surgery is closed, call NHS 111 and they will make sure you receive the advice and care you need

 

  • Keep hydrated – if you’re feeling thirsty, lightheaded, dizzy or tired, you may be dehydrated. Make sure you have plenty of non-alcoholic cold drinks available and drink enough so that your pee is a pale clear colour. You can also get hydration from a variety of foods – please see the hydration boosting foods poster also attached.

 

  • Keep a well-stocked medicine cabinet at home, with medicines such as paracetamol which can treat a number of everyday illnesses

 

  • Take early action – seek advice from your local pharmacy if you have a long term health condition and are starting to feel unwell before it gets more serious. Further advice can be found at: nhs.uk/staywell

 

  • Use Emergency Services wisely – please only call 999 when it’s a serious injury or a life threatening situation such as unconsciousness, heavy loss of blood, severe chest pain or stroke

 

  • Drink alcohol sensibly – intersperse your alcoholic drinks with water and stick to safe levels

 

 

 

Dr Jose Garcia-Lobera, local GP and Chair for NHS Southend CCG advises:

"We want everyone to enjoy the sunshine, but to also just take a few simple steps to ensure you and your family are prepared for all eventualities. Don’t forget NHS 111 can organise an out of hour GP appointment when needed."

For more information, please contact s.morris-newnham@nhs.net phone 01702 215217

23 Jul 2018

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Lindsey Hamilton
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