Residents have been urged to stay safe, choose the right health service and look out for each other as temperatures continue to soar this week.
The Met Office has issued a warning for extreme heat in the Midlands with temperatures expected to remain high during the day and night and have an impact on public health. It is estimated there were around 2,500 heatwave related deaths last year in England, and thousands more people are treated by the NHS for dehydration, heat exhaustion and heatstroke.
Residents are also being asked to use the appropriate NHS service for their needs. Services in the area remain very busy and the NHS is calling for public support to ensure they remain available for those who need them most.
Chief Executive of NHS Nottingham and Nottinghamshire, Amanda Sullivan, said: “Most of us welcome hot weather, but when it’s too hot for too long, there are health risks. For the most vulnerable, such as very young children, older people or those who have a long-term illness, the summer heat can be extremely dangerous.
“Many people will be tempted to spend longer than usual outdoors but it is important to remember the significant risks that come with the heatwave and to take steps to keep safe, failing to do so could make you very poorly and you may need treatment at a time when the hospitals are very busy.
“Heat stroke is usually preventable and you can help your family stay well by keeping cool and staying hydrated, avoiding excess alcohol, and staying indoors or in the shade during the hottest part of the day between 11am-3pm.
“You can also help to ensure local health services remain available for the people who need them most. Talk to your pharmacist about over-the-counter medication for conditions such as sunburn, hay fever and summer colds.
“If you think you need help right away or you aren’t sure where to go, contact NHS 111 first, by phone or online.”
Tips on staying safe in the heatwave include:
- look out for others, especially older people, young children, and babies and those with underlying health conditions
- drink plenty of water; sugary, alcoholic, and caffeinated drinks can make you more dehydrated
- close curtains on rooms that face the sun to keep indoor spaces cooler and remember it may be cooler outdoors than indoors
- open windows when it feels cooler outside and it’s safe to do so
- never leave anyone in a closed, parked vehicle, especially infants, young children, or animals
- try to keep out of the sun between 11am to 3pm
- walk in the shade, apply sunscreen, and wear a hat, if you have to go out in the heat
- avoid physical exertion in the hottest parts of the day
- wear light, loose fitting cotton clothes
Find more heatwave advice on the NHS website.