Stay safe in the sun!

With the sun shining and temperatures unusually high, doctors at Doncaster and Bassetlaw hospitals are urging local people to keep themselves safe in the sun to help avoid a stay in hospital.

Dr Tim Noble, Medical Director, said: “High temperature can be dangerous, especially for people who may be particularly vulnerable such as older people, young children and those with serious illnesses.  We are asking people to stay safe during the heatwave and, within appropriate social distancing guidance, also look out for vulnerable relatives and neighbours who might also be affected by the hot temperatures to help prevent a hospital stay.”

People who are at the most risk during a heatwave are older people especially women over 75 years old, or those living on their own who are socially isolated.  Chronic and severe illness including heart conditions, diabetes, respiratory or renal conditions are other factors that make people vulnerable to high temperatures.  Other groups of people who are not able to adapt quickly to the change in temperature are those with Alzheimer’s, a disability, babies and the very young.

The health trust is advising people to stay out of the heat and prevent health-related illnesses.

The best ways to do this is to keep out of the sun between 11.00am and 3.00pm.  Try to walk in the shade, apply plenty of sunscreen and wear a hat and light, loose-fitting cotton clothes.

Fit and healthy people can also be affected and they should avoid extreme physical exertion.

Keep yourself cool by drinking plenty of cold drinks and eating cold foods, particularly salads and fruits with high water content. Take a cool shower, bath or body wash. Sprinkle water over the skin or clothing, or keep a damp cloth on the back of your neck. Avoid excess alcohol, caffeine and hot drinks.

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