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Don’t score an own goal – stay cool in the hot weather

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With weather forecasters predicting a hot, sunny week ahead – and the bonus of world cup football matches on playing out on tv screens across the country – health leaders in South Cheshire and Vale Royal are encouraging people to stay cool.

If you’re combining the footie with a few beers and a BBQ afterwards, remember that alcohol increases your risk of dehydration. They add: “Don’t score an own goal; take care to stay hydrated and use sunscreen.”

With temperatures predicted to reach 25°C outside, people are being urged to take it easy in the heat by following this simple advice:

  • Drink cold drinks and avoid tea, coffee and alcohol which can dehydrate you
  • Use sunscreen with a SPF of at least 15, make sure that it is still in date, follow the pack instructions and apply at regular intervals – otherwise it is ineffective
  • Use sunscreen together with shade and clothing to protect your skin from burning – never use sunscreen as a reason to stay longer in direct sunlight
  • Make sure you have water with you
  • Check on elderly and vulnerable neighbours and friends who may find the heat too much. The heat can be dangerous for the very young, older people or those with serious illnesses. In particular, it can make heart and respiratory problems worse.

Dr Annabel London, GP and clinical lead for primary care at NHS South Cheshire CCG and NHS Vale Royal CCG, said: “Hot weather combined with a world cup is a great excuse to catch up with friends.

“Hopefully the party mood will continue… and we’re encouraging everyone to take some basic steps to ensure the party does not end in tears.

“Encourage your mates to wear sunscreen and if you are drinking alcohol don’t forget to drink plenty of water.

“If you feel unwell after being in the sun for some time, it’s a good idea to go somewhere cool to rest and have a cool shower or bath.

“If you are breathless, or are confused or dizzy call NHS 111 for advice.”

Your local pharmacy can provide confidential, expert advice and treatment for a range of common illnesses and complaints, without having to wait for a GP appointment.

Pharmacists are qualified to give advice on a range of conditions, are experts on medicines and can advise people on whether they need to call or visit another NHS service.

You can also get advice from NHS Choices at www.nhs.uk.

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