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Heatwave warning increased for vulnerable Kent residents

User AvatarPosted by Amanda Crawford at 23/07/2018 14:32:37

Doctors in east Kent are appealing to people to check on friends, relatives and neighbours who may be less able to look after themselves, as the heatwave alert for Kent ramps up again.

The level three warning means high temperatures have been reached and the sustained hot weather could lead to an increase in health problems so swift action is required immediately to protect people from the harmful effects. The Met Office has forecast a prolonged period of hot weather for this week.

Top tips to stay well in the hot weather: 

  • Drink plenty of water not sugary, alcoholic and caffeinated drinks which can make you more dehydrated.
  • Never leave babies, young children or animals in a closed, parked vehicle. 
  • Try to keep out of the sun between 11am to 3pm. If you have to go out in the heat, walk in the shade, apply sunscreen and wear a hat. Avoid physical exertion in the hottest parts of the day.
  • Wear light, loose fitting cotton clothes.
  • Close curtains on rooms that face the sun to keep indoor spaces cooler and remember it may be cooler outdoors than indoors.
  • If you are travelling, make sure you take water with you and check traffic reports and weather forecasts. Plan ahead to make sure you have enough supplies, such as water, food and any medications you need.
  • Take care and follow local safety advice if you are going into the water to cool down.

People are urged not to go to A&E or call 999 unless it’s an emergency. If you are in any doubt, NHS111 can help you get the right treatment or go to www.nhs.uk/Livewell/Summerhealth/Pages/Heatwave.aspx

The free web app Health Help Now can be used to check symptoms or to find out when and where local services are open. It can be downloaded to mobile phones (from the App Store and Google Play), tablets, laptops and desktop computers from www.healthhelpnow.nhs.uk

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