A better Medway
Published: Tuesday, 13th June 2023

With another hot weather warning in place, residents are being urged to check on vulnerable families, friends and neighbours to make sure they keep well

The UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) and the Met Office have issued a yellow heat-health warning between 9am on Tuesday, 13 June until 9am on Monday, 19 June. 

Check on vulnerable neighbours, families and friends

Eileen Sills, Chief Nurse at NHS Kent and Medway, said: “However much we might like the sun, we know that it can have detrimental effects on our health, especially for the young, our elderly residents and those who are most vulnerable. By taking simple precautions, such as staying hydrated and finding shade during the hottest parts of the day, you can significantly reduce the risk of becoming ill and needing the services of the NHS. Please also do check in on your vulnerable neighbours, families and friends to make sure they are aware of the forecast and following the necessary advice.”

Other key tips to stay well in warmer weather include:

  • Avoiding excess alcohol
  • Closing the curtains on rooms that face the sun to keep indoor spaces cooler
  • Never leaving anyone, particularly babies, young children, and the elderly, and also animals, in a closed, parked vehicle, and
  • Being aware that the sea is still cold at this time of year so taking care and following local safety advice when going into the water to cool down.

Should you become unwell, unless it is an emergency, please remember to use 111 as your first point of contact for medical support. By phoning 111 or visiting 111.nhs.uk, you will be directed to the right service for you. In an emergency, always call 999.

You can also visit Kent and Medway Integrated Care System’s website which lists local services, such as pharmacies and urgent treatment centres.

The NHS website provides advice and guidance throughout the year on how to keep fit and well, including staying safe in hot weather.

For more tips about staying safe and healthy at this time of year, visit the Met Office’s Weather Ready page.

You can sign up for UKHSA Weather Health Alerts here and specify what region you would like to receive alerts for.

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