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Seven tips on looking after yourself during the heatwave

PUBLISHED: 15:33 26 July 2018

As the temperature rises it is important to stay safe Picture:Getty Images/iStockphoto

As the temperature rises it is important to stay safe Picture:Getty Images/iStockphoto

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With temperatures set to rise again in the next few days advice has been issued on how you can stay well during the warm weather.

As the heatwave continues Ipswich and Colchester Hospitals have sent out information on how patients can look after themselves.

So here are seven tips from the hospitals on how to stay well during this spell of hot weather:

·If you need urgent medical care when your GP surgery is closed, call NHS 111 and they will make sure you receive the advice and care you need.

·Keep hydrated – if you’re feeling thirsty, lightheaded, dizzy or tired, you may be dehydrated. Make sure you have plenty of non-alcoholic cold drinks available and drink enough so that your pee is a pale clear colour. You can also get hydration from a variety of foods

·Keep a well-stocked medicine cabinet at home, with medicines such as paracetamol which can treat a number of everyday illnesses

·Take early action – seek advice from your local pharmacy if you have a long term health condition and are starting to feel unwell before it gets more serious. Further advice can be found online.

·Use Emergency Services wisely – please only call 999 when it’s a serious injury or a life threatening situation such as unconsciousness, heavy loss of blood, severe chest pain or stroke.

·Drink alcohol sensibly – intersperse your alcoholic drinks with water and stick to safe levels.

·Daily/weekly heatwave updates can be found on the Met office website.

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