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Bewdley Town Council

Take extra care in soaring temperatures

By Town Clerk's Office Bewdley Town Council

Wednesday, 21 June 2017

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HEALTH bosses in Wyre Forest are encouraging residents to take extra care as temperatures continue to soar.

Many look forward to getting out and enjoying the hot weather, but it is important to remember that it can also be dangerous and knowing how to keep cool during long periods can help save lives.

As well as looking after yourself, health bosses have said it is important to look out for those who may be more vulnerable in warm conditions including young children, the elderly and those with long-term health conditions.

Residents are encouraged to drink lots of water, keep out of the sun, wear sunscreen, wear loose clothing and call NHS 111 if you urgently need medical help or advice but it is not a life-threatening situation. 

A spokesman for NHS Wyre Forest Clinical Commissioning Group, said: "The warm weather is a pleasant change but it can cause various health problems, particularly for the elderly, people with respiratory issues, babies and young children and those who are fasting for Ramadan.

"It is important to be mindful that during hot weather people are more likely to suffer from dehydration which is characterised by lethargy, cramps, dizziness or confusion.

"Simple advice such as staying in the shade and keeping cool wherever possible, wearing sunscreen and a hat as well as keeping hydrated by taking regular cool soft drinks, and not overdoing the alcohol."

For more information about staying safe and well during hot weather, visit nhs.uk.

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