When it’s safe to be cool
While many of us will simply be pleased that the long, wet winter is far behind us, it is important to be prepared for sustained hot weather.
Heatwave Alerts, such as the one in place at the moment – known as a level 2 – are triggered as soon as the Met Office forecasts a 60 per cent chance of temperatures being high enough on at least two consecutive days to have significant effect on health. This will normally happen two or three days before a heatwave is expected to occur. As most heat-related deaths occur in the first two days, this is an important stage at which to make sure people are ready – and swift action can be taken to reduce harm from a potential heatwave.
Health and social care workers have already identified the people they care for who are most at risk and made plans to protect them if the heatwave happens. Now that a heatwave is forecast staff will be checking on vulnerable people, and making sure steps are taken to protect them.
Just as important is making sure that you and your friends and neighbours are ready and equipped for a heatwave; check up on friends, relatives and neighbours who may be less able to look after themselves and make sure they have enough supplies, such as food, water and any medications they need.
Graham Gibbens, KCC Cabinet member for adult social care and public health, said: “When it is hot outside, it is not just about vulnerable people being ready – it is also about families and communities looking out for each other.
“There is lots of good advice out there, and this is a time of year when friends, neighbours and families can make an important difference by rallying round and taking time to care for each other.”
Key advice in hot weather includes:
· Plan ahead to make sure you have enough supplies, such as water, food and any medications you need.
· Shut windows and pull down the shades when it is hotter outside. If it’s safe, open them for ventilation when it is cooler.
· Avoid the heat: stay out of the sun and don’t go out between 11am and 3pm (the hottest part of the day) if you’re vulnerable to the effects of heat.
· Keep rooms cool by using shades or reflective material outside the windows. If this isn't possible, use light-coloured curtains and keep them closed (metallic blinds and dark curtains can make the room hotter).
· Have cool baths or showers, and splash yourself with cool water.
· Drink cold drinks regularly, such as water and fruit juice. Avoid tea, coffee and alcohol.
· Stay tuned to the weather forecast on the radio or TV, or at the Met Office website.
· Identify the coolest room in the house so you know where to go to keep cool.
· Wear loose, cool clothing, and a hat if you go outdoors.
· Check up on friends, relatives and neighbours who may be less able to look after themselves.
Andrew Scott-Clark, interim director of Public Health in Kent, said: “Heat exhaustion can happen to anyone in hot weather and if it isn't treated it can lead to heatstroke, which can be dangerous and even fatal.
“If you or anyone else feels unwell, drink water and go somewhere cool to rest. If symptoms such as breathlessness, chest pain, confusion, dizziness, weakness or cramps get worse or don’t go away, it is important to seek medical help.”
For those of us who rely on
multi-drug prescriptions we have the weekly chore of countiong
out the assorted capsuals & tablets into each little box for
that day of the week.
Simple enough I s'pose;
But then we have people like me who are not THE very best at housekeeping & long term stock takers!
With us we have the problem of discovering we have run out of a particular tablet.
Then if the surgery is like mine Thursday is half day
...I need some capsuals for tonight &
...I have to wait in this morning for a parcel to be delivered!
The question stands - will I be able to get out today in time to sprint round & get my prescription writen before 1pm?
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I walked with 3 of my friends and their family, whilst my husband helped out at the registration desk.
The weather was, well, not the best - it was very, very windy, and it made hard going on the way to the 2 1/2 mile checkpoint. Not made any better by the fact that although the walk was nice by Brighton seafront, the sand was whipping up in your face - good job I didn't have any sarnies with me! At least the rain held off!
However, I thoroughly enjoyed the walk, and would do it again in a "heartbeat". I finished the 5 miles in 1hr 35 minutes (or thereabouts), and so far have raised £265 in sponsorship for the Sussex Heart Charity, who have been invaluable to me in my recovery from my heart attack.
My new blue shoes were fabulous and no blisters or anything - I feel great.
Thanks for listening everyone.
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I have had three during the past 7 days & have no rased temperature - or any reason for this that I can think of.
I would be most gratefull for a profesional or knowledgable responce.
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Just after Chistmas I went down with what I would think was cystitis. Finally I dragged myself to the doctor and she said that I had thrush, and gave me a prescription for its treatment. Nothing worked, and every time I rang the surgery to say that my thrush was still there, someone would send me different tablets. However eventually it was decided that it was cystitis. Then just two tablets and it had gone.
However, amost sraight after that I was leaning over and my back went. That was about 5 weeks ago and the pain is more and more dreadful. Rubs don't work. Paracetamol did help. The nights are hell, as every move is agony The pain seems to go across my back from side to side. I always hope things will get better on their own, but I did go to a physiotherapist who gave me exercises for weak muscles in my back. Maybe.
Then I finally went to the doctor who said it wasn't a slipped disc. and that part of spine is fusing together. Nothing to do, apart from taking pain killers. And that's that.For the rest of my life.
Because all this I had, and still have, ulcers on my tongue. The dentist sent me to a Consultant in the hospital who said that they were just ulcers, nothing wrong.
Perhaps I am run down.
I used to have a blue card when I was caring for my husband who had had a stoke, but later on they took it away saying I was not bad enough to have one. I am now hoping they will give me one this time.I can't hold even a bottle of milk. I spent the whole morning, printing a photo, scanning bills, and my driving licence. Huge form to fill in. Wish me well.
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