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Covid 19 Information

Please visit www.ghc.nhs.uk/coronavirus/
Our Working Well team have put together these great tips for keeping cool.
  • Make sure you have access to a fan, but don’t point it directly at you
  • Splash your pulse points with cold water (i.e. run cold water over your wrists)
  • Drink cold drinks regularly, such as water and diluted fruit juice. Try to drink before you become thirsty. Use our helpful drinks tracker to make sure you are getting enough hydration
  • Avoid alcohol, caffeine or drinks high in sugar
  • If you have to travel, plan ahead to make sure you have enough water with you
  • Identify the coolest room in your house or workplace so you know where to go to have a cool down
  • It might be cooler outside in the shade, than in the house or workplace – see if you can relocate to the shade
  • Open the window, but only if you think it is cooler outside than in or you can create a breeze
  • If you can, avoid being out in the direct sunlight between 11am – 3pm, this is when the sun is at its hottest
  • If you are on a lunch break or our and about visit one of the air-conditioned supermarkets/shops
  • Wear loose, cool clothing, and if you have to go out, wear a wide-brimmed hat, sunglasses and apply sunscreen (at least 15 SPF)
  • Keep an eye on your wee – if you are not going regularly or it is dark, you’re becoming dehydrated and need to drink more

If you notice someone is suffering with a heat related illness :

  • Lie them down in a cool place
  • Remove any unnecessary clothing and use a cool wet sponge/paper towel on as much skin as possible
  • Use something cool around the neck and underarms
  • Get them to drink cool liquids, ideally water or diluted fruit juice or a sports drink
  • Do not give them aspirin or paracetamol
  • If they have improved within 30 mins but you are still worried, ring 111 or the GP. If no response to the above or they have loss consciousness, confused or having seizures, ring 999

For more information about staying safe in hot weather read this guide produced by Public Health England – Beat the Heat : Staying safe in hot weather. 

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