Taking care in the hot weather

Hot weather conditions mean more people dial 999 with breathing difficulties, chest pain or because they feel faint and dizzy in the heat. The hot weather can also make existing conditions – like asthma or hayfever – worse.

To make sure you stay safe in the hot weather:

  • Drink plenty of water
  • Avoid drinking alcohol in the sun
  • Try to keep as cool as possible – wear a hat when sitting or working outside and use plenty of suncream
  • Stock up on medicine, especially if you have a pre-existing condition such as asthma or hayfever
  • Check on your neighbours, especially older people to make sure they have everything they need
  • Keep babies and young children out of the sun – they are more at risk than others
  • Avoid going out in the heat between 11am and 3pm when the sun is at its hottest, especially if you have serious health problems (for example heart conditions)
  • Avoid strenuous outdoor activity at the hottest part of the day

You should always think carefully before dialling 999 and consider other healthcare options. If you have a minor illness or injury, think about:

  • Using your local pharmacist or NHS walk-in centre
  • Calling NHS 111
  • Make your own way to hospital – going in an ambulance does not mean you will get seen any quicker.

Find out more about the options available to help you choose the right treatment for you this summer.