Lots of us like to enjoy some sunshine, but it’s important to understand and be prepared for the damaging effects that the sun and heat can have on our health. By following the tips below you can help yourself and your family keep well during the hot summer weather.

  • Avoid the heat: Try to stay out of the sun between 11am and 3pm. Protect against sunburn and use sunscreen of at least SPF15 with UVA protection.
  • Quench a thirst and drink plenty of cold fluids. Drink cold drinks regularly, such as water and fruit juice. Avoid tea, coffee and alcohol. If you feel dizzy or develop a headache try and rehydrate, using rehydration sachets from a pharmacy if necessary.
  • Keep rooms cool by using shades or reflective material outside the windows. If this isn’t possible, use light-coloured curtains and keep them closed (metallic blinds and dark curtains can make a room hotter).
  • Plan ahead to make sure you have enough supplies, such as food, water and any medications you need.
  • Take cool baths or showers.
  • Wear loose, cool clothing, and a hat if going outdoors.
  • Check up on friends, relatives and neighbours who may be less able to look after themselves.

For more information on staying well during the heatwave, visit NHS Choices: www.nhs.uk/summerhealth

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Self-care

Self-care is the best choice to treat minor illnesses, ailments and injuries. A range of common illnesses and complaints, such as coughs, colds, sore throats, upset stomachs and aches and pains can be treated with a well-stocked medicine cabinet and plenty of rest.

Ensure your medicine cabinet is well stocked with:

  • Paracetamol or aspirin
  • Anti-diarrhoeal medicine
  • Rehydration mixture
  • Indigestion mixture
  • Plasters
  • Thermometer

NHS Choices has published a guide for people living with long-term conditions — view it here

Dentist

If you are registered with a dentist, and require their attention, contact your surgery using the normal surgery telephone number. You will then be advised of the surgery’s arrangements for out of hours service.

For emergency dental care, residents are encouraged to contact their local Dental Access Team:

Blackpool: 01253 955200

Pharmacy

Your local pharmacy can provide confidential, expert advice and treatment for common illnesses and complaints, including emergency contraception, without the need to visit your GP or go to A&E.

To find your nearest chemist, simply text “pharmacy” to 64746 to receive three free texts with details of your nearest chemist.

GP

GPs are able to provide a range of services by appointment, including medical advice, examinations and prescriptions.

If you receive regular treatment from your GP, it would be wise to make yourself aware of your practice’s opening times next time you visit the surgery.

If you need your GP and you don’t know what the arrangements are, or the surgery is closed, call the surgery and you will be advised of the practice arrangements. Details of GP practices can be found at: www.blackpoolccg.nhs.uk

GP-led Health Centre (Walk-in)

Walk-in centres offer convenient access to a range of treatment for minor illnesses and injuries including infections, rashes, lacerations, emergency contraception and advice, stomach upsets, cuts, bruises, burns and strains. You will be seen by an experienced nurse and don’t need an appointment.

Whitegate Health Centre
Whitegate Drive
Blackpool FY3 9ES

Opening times: 8am – 8pm, seven days a week.

Call 111

The NHS 111 service is the non-emergency number for accessing local health services. It is free to call and is a fast and easy way to get the right help – whatever your need, wherever you are and whatever the time.

A&E or 999

Feeling unwell? Do you really need to go to A&E?

A&E and the 999 ambulance service should only be used in a critical or life-threatening situation. A&E doctors are specialists in treating life-threatening illness and injuries.