Residents in Richmond are being urged to take care of themselves and look out for young children, babies, older people and those with health conditions who may be at risk during the hot weather.
The main risks are dehydration from not drinking enough water, overheating – which can make symptoms worse for people who already have problems with their heart or breathing, and heat exhaustion and heatstroke.
The hot weather can affect anyone, but the most vulnerable people are:
- older people, especially those over 75
- babies and young children
- people with a serious chronic condition, especially heart or breathing problems
- people with mobility problems – for example, people with Parkinson’s disease or who have had a stroke
- people with serious mental health problems
- people on certain medications, including those that affect sweating and temperature control
- people who misuse alcohol or drugs
- people who are physically active – for example, labourers or those doing sports.
Dr Graham Lewis, local GP and Chair of NHS Richmond Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), said: “Much of the advice on beating the heat is common sense. But it’s important to think about what you can do to protect yourself and your family and friends from heat.
“For some people, such as older people, those with underlying health conditions and those with young children, the summer heat can bring real health risks. That’s why we’re urging everyone to keep an eye on those you know who may be at risk this summer. If you’re able, ask if your friends, family or neighbours need any support.”
As the hot weather continues, it’s important to take steps to look after yourself and your family, and regularly check on others you may know who may be at risk from the heat.
For more information please visit www.nhs.uk/stay safe in the heat and follow the Met Office on Twitter at @metoffice