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Temperature is set to rise in Leicester

With temperatures set to soar this weekend, Leicester City Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) is urging people to avoid A&E and take extra care in the heat.

The Met office has predicted temperatures will reach 25 degrees Celsius (80 degrees Fahrenheit) this weekend and will not drop below 10 degrees (50 degrees Fahrenheit) at night. While most people enjoy sunny weather, extreme heat can be potentially dangerous. In some extreme cases it can even be fatal.

The heat can affect anyone, but some groups run a greater risk of serious harm. Older people, babies, manual workers and those who have chronic conditions such as heart problems, lung problems and diabetes need to take extra care.

Taking simple precautions such as wearing a sun hat, applying sun cream and keeping hydrated can go a long way to keeping people safe in the sun.

Dr Avi Prasad, unscheduled care lead, local GP and co-chair of Leicester City CCG, said: “There are simple steps people can take whilst out in the sun. Try to stay in the shade between 11am and 2pm to avoid the main heat of the day. Drink plenty of water and soft drinks to keep hydrated and avoid alcohol. If you are exposed to the sun wear a sun hat, apply sun cream throughout the day and avoid strenuous activity such as running, lifting and carrying.

“If your condition isn’t serious and you are looking for some health advice please call your local GP first. If your GP is not available follow the out of hours instructions on the practice answerphone. Your local pharmacy can also help with sun advice and over the counter remedies.

“It is also important to have a well-stocked medicine cabinet with sun lotion, after-sun and rehydration sachets just in case you have spent too much time in the sun.”

Leicester City CCG would like to remind patients of the range of other options when deciding how to look after yourself and your family when they become unwell. They include the following:

  • Self Care – This is the best choice to treat very minor illnesses, ailments and injuries. A range of common illnesses and complaints can be treated with a well-stocked medicine cabinet and plenty of rest.
  • Pharmacy – Your local chemist can provide confidential, expert advice and treatment for a range of common illnesses and complaints, without having to wait for a GP appointment or go to your A&E.
  • NHS Direct – NHS Direct provides expert health advice and information via a confidential telephone service, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. You can call 0845 46 47
  • GP services – Your GP can help if you have an illness or injury that won’t go away. Simply make an appointment.
  • Accident and Emergency – An emergency is a critical or life-threatening situation, and A&E departments or the 999 ambulance service should only be used in these situations.

Check the weather forecast and any high temperature health warnings by visiting www.metoffice.giv.uk. If you feel unwell or are concerned about exhaustion or sunstroke call NHS Direct on 0845 4647, or visit www.nhsdirect.nhs.uk.

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For interviews or more information please contact Liz Mattock, Communications and Engagement Officer on 0116 295 4159 or liz.mattock@leicestercityccg.nhs.uk

 

Notes to editors:

Leicester City CCG is one of the new commissioning organisations established as result of the recent changes within the NHS. One of the most richly diverse yet disadvantaged cities in the country, Leicester faces more than its fair share of challenges. On average local people die up to two years earlier than the national average, with heart and lung disease the main causes. Harnessing the innovation of local doctors and other clinicians, supported by dedicated managers and staff, the CCG is aiming to rid the city of many of its health inequalities as part of its ambition of helping local people live longer, healthier lives. The CCG, which is made up of 63 GP practices, covers the same area as Leicester City Council and is responsible for a population of over 350,000. It has a commissioning budget of nearly £365million.

The symptoms of heat exhaustion include:

  • headaches
  • dizziness
  • nausea and vomiting
  • muscle weakness and cramps
  • pale skin
  • high temperature

If this happens move somewhere cool and drink plenty of water or fruit juice. If you can take a lukewarm shower, or sponge yourself down with cold water.

The symptoms of heatstroke include:

  • headaches
  • nausea
  • intense thirst
  • sleepiness
  • hot, red, dry skin
  • sudden rise in temperature
  • confusion
  • aggression
  • convulsions
  • loss of consciousness

If you suspect someone has heatstroke call 999 immediately.

Urgent Care Centre and walk in centres – If you have something minor like a sore throat or earache. If you couldn’t get an appointment with your own doctor, if you have run out of medicines or if you have a long term condition and normally see your own doctor.

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