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Stay safe in the sun!

As the weather grows warmer, residents in Hammersmith and Fulham are urged to take care of themselves in the hot weather. NHS England says that temperatures exceeding 30 degrees during the day and 15 degrees overnight could trigger a health alert. Make sure that you spend time in the shade when the sun is strongest, which is between 11am and 3pm at this time of year.

Everyone should take care in hot weather but certain people are especially at risk, such as:  

  • older people, especially those over 75
  • babies and young children
  • people with serious chronic conditions or mobility problems 
  • people on prescribed medications that alter temperature or sweating
  • people who misuse alcohol or drugs
  • people who take part in a lot of physical activity especially outdoors

Dr Tim Spicer, Chair of Hammersmith and Fulham CCG says:

“Stay well this summer by protecting yourself from the sun. As well as keeping indoors or in the shade when the sun is strongest, you should drink lots of cold, non-alcoholic, non-caffeinated drinks and splash yourself with cold water. Wearing high factor sunscreen is essential, and you should cover yourself in loose, cool clothing, a sun hat, and sunglasses when you go outside.” 

“Ensure that you protect others too by checking up on friends, relatives and neighbours who may be less able to look after themselves - for example if they are over 75 and live alone, or if they live with a disability or serious mental health condition.” 

If you are worried about yourself or a vulnerable neighbour, friend or relative, you can contact the local environmental health office at your local authority: https://www.gov.uk/find-your-local-council Find out more information about sunscreen and sun safety on the NHS Choices website: http://www.nhs.uk/Livewell/skin/Pages/Sunsafe.aspx

For further information, please contact Nick Evans, Communications Assistant, NWL Collaboration of CCGs at nick.evans@nw.london.nhs.uk