GPs in south east Essex are encouraging people to take care as temperatures rise over the summer and reminding them of the most appropriate places to go for treatment if they do become ill.
Summer conditions such as sunburn and dehydration can be easily prevented and treatment is available in south east Essex from health services that may be closer than you think.
Dr José Garcia Lobera, local GP and Chairman at NHS Southend Clinical Commissioning Group said, the vast majority of people suffering from sunburn, hayfever or dehydration could treat themselves at home or with help from their local pharmacy.
"Many people forget or don’t realise that their local pharmacists are trained to give advice on how to help manage illnesses, as well as guidance on the best treatments."
"As summer starts it's important to remember that A&E is for serious emergencies and accidents only and that health services that can better meet your needs may be a lot more accessible, such as your local pharmacist, GP services or by calling NHS 111. The 111 service ensures callers are put through to highly trained call handlers, supported by experienced nurses or paramedics. Callers are clinically assessed and either given appropriate advice or referred directly to the most appropriate service which can deal with their injury or illness. This may range from dentist, pharmacy, community service to out-of-hours GP, or in some cases an ambulance.
"Hospital A&E departments are very busy places all year round, including summer, with their staff dealing with life threatening emergencies, like strokes and heart attacks.'
"If you become ill over the summer it is important to think about which local health service is right for you, rather than just going straight to A&E.
Most of the time, you can avoid feeling uncomfortable or unwell altogether by making sure you are prepared for the hot weather.
Stay hydrated – carry a bottle of water with you, especially if you're heading out for the day or making a long journey.
It's also a good idea to wear cool clothing and stay out of the sun between 11am to 3pm to make sure you keep safe this summer. Don't forget suncream and a hat and make sure children are protected too.