Important: Heatwave Advice

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The NHS in mid Essex is urging people to look after themselves, act responsibility and use NHS services sensibly, during the heatwave this week: please think twice before heading to A&E or calling 999 when it’s not an emergency.

 Here are some top tips to keep well during the heatwave:

  • If you need urgent medical care when your GP surgery is closed, call NHS 111 and they will make sure you receive the advice and care you need.

  • Keep hydrated – if you’re feeling thirsty, lightheaded, dizzy or tired, you may be dehydrated. Make sure you have plenty of non-alcoholic cold drinks available and drink enough so that your pee is a pale clear colour.

  • Keep a well-stocked medicine cabinet at home, with medicines such as paracetamol which can treat a number of everyday illnesses.

  • Take early action – seek advice from your local pharmacy if you have a long term health condition and are starting to feel unwell before it gets more serious. 
  • Use Emergency Services wisely – please only call 999 when it’s a serious injury or a life threatening situation such as unconsciousness, heavy loss of blood, severe chest pain or stroke.

  • Drink alcohol sensibly – intersperse your alcoholic drinks with water and stick to safe levels.

  • Daily/weekly heatwave updates can be found on the Met office website.

Dr Caroline Dollery, local GP and Chair for NHS Mid Essex CCG advises:

“We want everyone to enjoy the sunshine, but to also just take a few simple steps to ensure you and your family are prepared for all eventualities. Don’t forget NHS 111 can organise an out of hour GP appointment when needed.

“For some, including older people, those with underlying health conditions and young children, the heat can bring health risks. That is why we would like everyone to look out for people you know who may be at risk. If you are able, ask your friends, family or neighbours, is they need any support.”