NHS in Lincolnshire urges people to be prepared for continuing hot spell

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With temperatures forecast to continue to rise over the next week, NHS England (Leicestershire & Lincolnshire) is urging people to be prepared and enjoy the sunshine safely.

The Met office has predicted a warm weekend and even hotter weather next week with temperatures possibly rising to 28 degrees Celsius.

And the NHS has urged people to protect themselves from sun burn and heat stroke by using sun lotion, covering up when needed and drinking plenty of water.

The heat can also affect some groups more seriously. Older people, babies, manual workers and those who have chronic conditions such as heart problems and diabetes should take extra care.

David Sharpe, Area Director for NHS England (Leicestershire & Lincolnshire), said: “There are a few small steps which can be taken to help prevent heat stroke in these hot conditions.

“Drink plenty of water, apply sun cream and re-apply throughout the day. Stay indoors or in the shade between 11am-3pm and most importantly stay cool.”

If you do feel unwell there are lots of services available to help with a variety of illnesses and injuries including pharmacies, Out-of-Hours services, NHS Direct and walk-in centres.

Below are some examples of conditions that you might experience during the warmer weather and where to go for advice and treatment.

1. Sniffles: Self care at home. Suffering from hay fever? Take pain-relieving paracetamol, or antihistamines, stay well hydrated and rest or visit your local pharmacy to stock up on over-the-counter medicines.

2. An itchy rash on your skin or sunburn: Pharmacy. Pharmacists can provide advice on heat rash, an allergic reaction or minor sunburn.

3. A cut to your finger or a burn: Walk-in centre. Have you accidently burnt yourself on the barbeque? Visit your walk-in centre or minor injuries unit where they will be able to advise and treat you if necessary.

4. A persistent stomach upset after eating barbecued food: GP services - Your GP can help if you have an illness or injury that won’t go away.

5. If you are feeling unwell or are concerned about exhaustion or sunstroke and your GP practice isn’t open call 111.

6. Chest pain, difficulty breathing, loss of blood or loss of consciousness: Visit A&E or call 999. If you have a pain in the chest, problems breathing or loss of blood or consciousness go straight to A&E or call 999 in an emergency.

For information on your nearest NHS services visit NHS Choices.

To check the weather forecast for any high temperature health warnings visit www.metoffice.gov.uk.