As temperatures continue to soar across London and the South East, we advise taking extra precautions to protect yourself from the harmful effects of the sun.
We recommend patients and visitors travelling to our hospitals during the hot weather to carry a bottle of water, wear loose-fitting and lightweight clothes, and apply sun cream as appropriate. The NHS Choices website has helpful advice on how to stay cool during the hot weather.
A heatwave can affect anyone, but people most at risk of health problems during the hot weather include older people, babies and young children, and those with serious chronic conditions.
As a result of the hot weather, we are experiencing particularly high demand for our A&E services. Please help us manage demand by using emergency services wisely. Where appropriate, consider alternatives to A&E such as:
- Health Help Now – visit www.healthhelpnow-nhs.net to check your symptoms and find the best place for treatment.
- Self-care – you can treat minor ailments such as coughs colds and grazes at home or visit your local pharmacy.
- Pharmacies – your local pharmacist is qualified to offer advice on health issues and medication as well as treat headaches, an upset stomach and other common illnesses.
- NHS 111 – NHS 111 is a free phone service that is available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. It offers a one-stop number for patients with urgent, but not life-threatening symptoms.
- Extra GP and nurse appointments – there are now more GP and nurse appointments available in Southwark. For further information, visit the Southwark CCG website.