Staying safe through the summer - Blog 18

Monday, July 23, 2018 - 11:30
Dr Paul Williams

At the time of writing we are still in the middle of the amazing heatwave some of us have enjoyed the last few weeks.

Unfortunately, hot sunny weather isn’t good for everyone. During this type of weather the very young and the elderly are particularly vulnerable. There are some useful links on this page to Public Health information about coping with hot weather.

One group that find it especially difficult are people who suffer from the chronic lung condition Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD). This group find they are much more breathless in the hot weather. One tip for this group is to have a small fan and direct the air flow into your face. There is good evidence the air flow reduces your feelings of breathlessness.

There always seems a desire for men to take off their shirts in this weather. Please remember those torsos see very little sun the rest of the year and are especially vulnerable to sun burn and the associated problems that it brings. So if you are stripping off in the sun please, please, please use high factor sun screen to protect your skin from sun burn. Skin cancer, especially malignant melanoma, is much more likely to occur in skin that has been previously burnt. So even if you are just going out shopping or for a walk in the sun remember to put sun cream on your exposed surfaces, especially your arms, face and ears.

As regards CCG news we have now got a full complement of governing body members for the first time in a while. We have appointed Uma and Mark as new governing body GPs and we also have appointed a new lay member on the governing body to chair of our Finance and Performance Committee. We will announce his name soon once all the legal bits are complete.

The holiday season is always busy for the health service in this area as people come from all over to enjoy what West Norfolk has to offer, but as we all know being on holiday doesn’t protect us from ill health and accidents are often more common when we are holidaying as we try things we normally don’t do. So please enjoy your summer holidays but stay safe and well.