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Health bosses in Fylde and Wyre have issued a ‘look after your neighbours’ plea as the temperatures rise.

NHS Fylde and Wyre Clinical Commissioning Group is reinforcing the importance of being prepared for a rise in temperatures.

A heatwave can affect everybody’s health, but particularly the most vulnerable people in society. The CCG is urging all residents to think of those who may be more at risk from the effects of heat.

Dr Tony Naughton, NHS Fylde and Wyre CCG’s clinical chief officer and Thornton GP, is hopeful that people will look after themselves during the warmer months, but also help to protect vulnerable neighbours or friends.

He said: “It is vital that everyone is aware of the dangers a heatwave can bring. As important as it is to get outside, run along the beautiful coastal beaches and keep fit, we must make sure that we keep safe during the warmer months.

“Remember to check the Met Office’s website for weather forecasts and alerts, as planning ahead can make sure you and your family are fully equipped if there is a rise in temperatures across the Fylde coast.

“By being prepared for when the sun does eventually come out, you will enjoy the most of it. Remember, Britain may be renowned for having limited sunshine, but that does not mean it will not happen. A heatwave can kill people and should not be underestimated.”

Top tips for staying safe during the summer months:

  • Keep out of the sun between 11am and 3pm.
  • If you have to go out in the heat, walk in the shade, apply sunscreen and wear a hat.
  • Avoid extreme physical exertion.
  • Have plenty of cold drinks, and avoid excess alcohol, caffeine and hot drinks.
  • Keep your living space cool, especially if you are looking after infants, the elderly or those with chronic health conditions.
  • Place a thermometer in your main living room and bedroom to keep a check on the temperature and turn off non-essential lights and electrical equipment as they generate heat.

In line with the CCG’s Think! Why A&E? campaign, Fylde and Wyre residents should continue to use the most appropriate service, depending on their illness or injury. Choosing the correct services available on the Fylde Coast will save you time and could save lives. For more information about this campaign, please visit www.WhyAandE.nhs.uk.


 

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Notes to editors:

  • NHS Fylde and Wyre Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) is the organisation responsible for planning and buying health services in the area to meet patients’ needs. This is known as ‘commissioning’.
  • Led by family doctors (GPs), the CCG currently serves a population of 152,000 people across approximately 320 sq km of coast and countryside. The majority live in the urban towns of Fleetwood, Thornton, Poulton-le-Fylde, Kirkham and Lytham St Annes, but a significant proportion live in rural villages.
  • The CCG receives a set amount of money from the government – around £200million in 2014/15 – and is committed to spending this wisely for the benefit of local people.
  • Giving you more choice is a priority of the modern NHS. More information is available at fyldeandwyreccg.nhs.uk/choice
  • The NHS Constitution sets out your rights as an NHS patient: nhs.uk/choiceintheNHS/Rightsandpledges/NHSConstitution/Pages/Overview.aspx
  • There are many ways to get involved in health service developments, including joining our Influence membership scheme or your practice’s patient participation group.
  • For more information about the CCG and how to get involved log onto fyldeandwyreccg.nhs.uk