Level 3 heat health warning issued with predicted high temperatures
NHS Sussex is asking people to choose the right health and care services as record-breaking temperatures hit on the weekend of 13th and 14th August, ahead of a predicted busy summer.
The UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) and the Met Office issued a Level 3 heat health alert in week beginning 8th August, and visitors are already travelling to Sussex.
Whether in Sussex on holiday or a resident, there are ways you can play your part in helping health and care services treat the right people, at the right time and in the right place.
A spokesperson for NHS Sussex said: “The Level 3 heat health alert issued by UKHSA and the Met Office means we can only expect our NHS to become busier. We want people to enjoy and make the most of their visit but if they do become ill or injured, be able to access healthcare services quickly and safely.”
NHS top 10 things to do if you need support during the heatwave
1. Go online at 111.nhs.uk or call 111 to get expert advice, and be signposted to where you can get the best and nearest care for your needs
2. Check regularly on elderly relatives, friends and neighbours during hot temperatures
3. Stay hydrated and drink plenty of water, avoiding alcohol
4. Try to keep out of the sun between 11am and 3pm
5. Prepare for your holiday or day out, and remember the sunscreen to reapply
6. Ask a pharmacist for advice – they’re experts in treating minor health issues like colds, stomach upsets, aches and pains
7. Call your own GP – even if you’re in the area on holiday you could get a phone or video consultation with your doctor at home
8. If you need prescription medication, your GP can ask for it to be sent to a pharmacy near where you are staying
9. Help our ambulance service and NHS treat those who need us the most by only calling 999 in a genuine, life-threatening emergency such as major blood loss, chest pain or loss of consciousness
10. You can also help by taking relatives and friends home when they are medically fit to return to their own surroundings after receiving hospital care.”