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Summer 2018

All set for summer?

It’s time to get summer savvy and stock up on self care essentials at your local pharmacy or supermarket.

Summer related minor illness and injuries such as hay fever, bites and stings and travel sickness can all be easily treated with medicines available to buy at low cost from your local pharmacy or supermarket – no GP prescription required.

Summer essentials include:

✓ Antihistamines or nasal sprays for allergies, hay fever, bites and stings 
✓ Sunscreen at least factor 15 
✓ Diarrhoea and constipation relief medication 
✓ Painkillers, such as paracetamol or ibuprofen 
✓ Travel sickness medication 

✓ First aid kit

Having these summer essentials at hand will not only save you time, but help save the NHS much needed resources.

For more information about common illnesses and injuries or to find your nearest pharmacy and opening times visit www.nhs.uk

Advice on travel health including sun safety, vaccinations, DVT and how to apply for your European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) is available HERE

Keeping cool this summer

Most of us welcome hot weather, but when it's too hot for too long there are health risks. If a heatwave hits this summer, make sure the hot weather doesn't harm you or anyone you know.

Tips for coping in hot weather:

  • Shut windows and pull down the shades when it is hotter outside. You can open the windows for ventilation when it is cooler.
  • Avoid the heat: stay out of the sun between 11am and 3pm (the hottest part of the day) if you're vulnerable to the effects of heat.
  • Drink cold drinks regularly, such as water and diluted fruit juice. Avoid excess alcohol, caffeine (tea, coffee and cola) or drinks high in sugar.
  • Wear loose, cool clothing, and a hat and sunglasses if you go outdoors.
  • Check up on friends, relatives and neighbours who may be less able to look after themselves.

 Further information can be found HERE