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NHS England & # 39; s oldest nurse has called on people to stay safe this weekend.


Ruth May, head nurse for England, warned too much & # 39; fun in the sun & # 39; can end with & # 39; a day in the hospital & # 39 ;.

This is because parts of the country are expected to reach temperatures of up to 33 ° C (91 ° F) on Saturday.

As a result, the British run a risk of sunburn, heat exhaustion and heat stroke, who landed thousands in the hospital last year.

Mrs. May, who is celebrating her daughter's birthday at a garden party this weekend, urges people to take & # 39; simple precautions & # 39 ;, such as sunscreen wrapping and staying hydrated.

Parts of the country are expected to rise to 33 ° C (91 ° F) on Saturday (stock)

Parts of the country are expected to rise to 33 ° C (91 ° F) on Saturday (stock)


& # 39; Like many people, I look forward to having fun with family and friends in the sun this weekend & # 39 ;, May said.

& # 39; But nobody wants to spend a pleasant day in a hospital or an urgent treatment center.

& # 39; So whether you are in the garden or going to Glastonbury just like me, it is very important to take simple precautions, such as drinking plenty of water, using a high factor sunscreen and taking allergy medication if you need it. & # 39;


1. Close windows and close the curtains.

When it gets colder, open windows can provide ventilation.

2. Avoid the sun during the hottest part of the day (between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m.).

3. Keep rooms cool by placing shadows or reflective material outside windows.


If this is not possible, use light-colored curtains and keep them closed.

Rooms can get warmer with metal blinds and dark curtains.

4. Have cool baths or showers.

And splash yourself with cold water all day if needed.

5. Drink plenty of water and avoid alcohol.


6. Beware of notifications on the radio, TV and social media about staying cool.

7. Plan ahead to ensure that you have sufficient supplies, such as food, water, and any medication that you need.

8. Find the coolest room in the house so you know where to go if you get overheated.

9. Wear loose, cool clothing.

And put on a hat and sunglasses when you go outside.


10. Check with friends, family members and neighbors who may be less able to take care of themselves.

Nearly 3,000 people were admitted with heat-related disorders in 2017-to-18.

This included 632 cases of severe sunburn, which can make the skin blister and make people feel warm and wary.

If left untreated, heartburn can develop into heat exhaustion, which means that 100 people will need hospital treatment in 2017-1800.

Heat depletion can cause people to develop extreme thirst, cramps, nausea, dizziness, rapid breathing and a temperature of 38 ° C (100 ° F) or higher.


And if heat depletion is ignored, this can become a heat stroke.

This happens when the body becomes dangerously overheated, with an internal temperature that rises to 40 ° C (104 ° F) or higher.

A heat stroke is a medical emergency in which 223 people in 2017-18 end up in the life-threatening situation.

Symptoms include vomiting, rapid breathing, a heart rhythm start, red skin, unclear speech and excitement.

In severe cases, patients may suffer from delirium or seizures and may even end up in a coma.

Mrs May is particularly encouraging people to care for their vulnerable loved ones, such as young children and the elderly.

Those with mobility problems, such as Parkinson's patients, are also more at risk of sun rays, she added.

And people who take medication that should increase their ability to sweat or regulate their temperature should also be careful.

Thousands of people ended up in hospital between 2017 and 2018 with various summer diseases

Thousands of people ended up in hospital between 2017 and 2018 with various summer diseases

Thousands of people ended up in hospital between 2017 and 2018 with various summer diseases


But it is not only UV rays that can harm our health. Summer sun also causes allergies.

Nearly 3000 people went to the hospital with hay fever in 2017-18.

Although hay fever patients can only tolerate watery eyes and a runny nose, the common condition can become serious if it causes anaphylaxis.

This happens when the entire body responds to an allergen, such as pollen. It can be fatal if it leads to a fatal drop in blood pressure.

And 5,700 required hospital treatment for insect stings in 2017-18, which can also cause an anaphylactic reaction.


Although summer conditions can be serious, May encourages children with mild discomfort to use non-prescription drugs or seek advice from a pharmacist rather than rushing to A & E.

People also need to talk & # 39; before they walk & # 39; by calling the non-urgent NHS number 111 for advice. They can also check their symptoms for

& # 39; Although the NHS will always be there for those who need it, people with minor illnesses and injuries can help front-line staff to provide rapid care to those in the greatest need, & # 39; said May.


& # 39; People need to talk before they walk and join the hundreds of thousands to get quick and free advice on how to act for them via the website or 111 phone line. & # 39;

The number of people who turned to the health service website for advice increased by more than two-thirds last year, with nearly a quarter of a million Britons signing up.


The & # 39; sizzling summer & # 39; by 2018, the hottest England ever experienced and the most combined hottest for the United Kingdom as a whole, linked to 1976, 2003 and 2006.

The temperatures reached a peak on July 26 in Faversham, Kent, at 35.3 ° C (95 ° F).

More than 150,000 people gathered online advice for heat stroke in July last year, compared to 128,000 in May.

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