Surrey and Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust (SASH) is urging patients, visitors and local people to stay safe during the hot weather.
Heatwave temperatures are predicted to be widespread this week (25 June – 1 July) and Public Health England (PHE) has published guidance to stay safe in hot weather:
- Look after yourself, older people and the young – be on the lookout for signs of health related illness, for example heat exhaustion and heatstroke
- Avoid closed spaces to reduce health risks. Overheating can make symptoms worse for people who already have problems with their heart or breathing
- Stay tuned to the weather forecast, the news on TV or social media, or the Met Office for updates
- Whilst outdoors in the sun, dress appropriately for high temperatures
- Drink plenty of water and stay hydrated in the heat
- Keep yourself and your home cool in preparation for warm weather
Paul Simpson, deputy chief executive, at SASH said: “If you are unwell, please think about where you might get help – minor issues can be managed effectively at home or with advice from a pharmacist.
“I would encourage you to check the range of local NHS services available, which will help to relive pressure on A&E.”