With temperatures in the capital expected to reach up to 33 degrees this week Londoners are being urged to take extra care in the sun.
Medical Director, Dr Fenella Wrigley said: “We typically see a rise in 999 calls as temperatures increase; this is due to various reasons including people forgetting to keep hydrated and the heat making pre-existing conditions like asthma worse. The elderly very young and those with underlying medical conditions are more at risk so please check on any vulnerable people particularly if they live alone.
“I would urge all Londoners out enjoying the hot weather to stay safe by making sure you keep covered up to avoid sunburn, carry any medication you may need with you, keep cool by sitting in the shade, drink plenty of water and avoid drinking excessive amounts of alcohol.”
Fenella added: “Anyone with minor conditions should consider other healthcare options, such as calling NHS 111, or visiting an urgent care centre, NHS walk-in centre or local pharmacist. If you need to go to hospital for non-emergency treatment, please consider using a taxi or getting a lift from a friend or relative.”
- Some people are more at risk from the heat than others – for example, older people, babies and young children and those with pre-existing medical conditions.
- Try to keep as cool as possible – wear a hat when sitting or working outside, keep skin covered up and use plenty of sun cream
- Patients with chronic respiratory conditions such as asthma and bronchitis should carry their prescribed medication
- People with serious health problems (for example heart conditions), should avoid going out in the heat, especially between 11am and 3pm
- Drink plenty of water and avoid drinking alcohol in the sun
- Consider other healthcare providers in the community such as your local pharmacy or walk in centre for less serious illnesses and injuries. In an emergency always dial 999 for an ambulance.