A heatwave is forecast and our Commissioners have shared the following advice:
With summer heating up and the school holidays on the way, healthcare leaders in Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire are asking parents of local children to prepare for hotter weather.
Temperatures are set to be high over the coming days and weeks, with forecasts predicting 30°C in the area tomorrow. High UV index ratings of 6 and above are also regularly forecast in the weeks ahead.
Dr Lesley Ward, local GP and clinical lead for unplanned care at Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), said: “As we reach the end of the school year, many of us will be looking forward to a break and spending some quality time outdoors with the family. No matter where your summer holiday takes you this year, it’s important you prepare to protect you and your family against hotter weather.
“You can help to do this by packing plenty of sun cream when outside, using a high factor of 30 or above and specialist sunscreen for children and babies. Trying to keep out of the sun between 11am and 3pm is also advised. If you have to go out in the heat, walk in the shade, apply sun cream and wear a hat to reduce the impact of the sun. Please remember that you don’t have to be on holiday to burn.
“You can also reduce the chance of heat exhaustion by wearing loose fitting cotton clothes and drinking plenty of cold drinks to keep hydrated. If the weather becomes particularly hot, please also check in on elderly or vulnerable friends and relatives wherever possible, to make sure they have everything they need and are coping well in the heat.
“Although we’d encourage people of all ages to be active and make the most of being outdoors, this does mean there can be more accidents at this time of year. Therefore, we ask that people get to know their NHS service options. Minor Injuries Units in Yate and Clevedon and the Urgent Care Centre in South Bristol can treat sprains, strains, cuts, grazes, bites, minor burns, scalds, broken bones and minor head injuries and can usually see you much more quickly than A&E. Pharmacies are also an excellent resource to provide confidential and expert advice on a range of health issues.
“Remember that you can dial 111 for free at any time to get fast professional advice about the right service for you. This will help you get the treatment you need more quickly and ensure A&E departments are available to treat the most seriously ill and injured people this summer.”
The NHS website has more information on sunscreen and sun safety: https://www.nhs.uk/live-well/healthy-body/sunscreen-and-sun-safety/ and how to cope in hot weather: https://www.nhs.uk/live-well/healthy-body/heatwave-how-to-cope-in-hot-weather/
The CCG website has more details about all the available local health services: https://bnssgccg.nhs.uk/health-services/
The Met Office website’s south west page has the latest weather updates and weather warnings for the area: https://www.metoffice.gov.uk/public/weather/regional-forecasts/sw