Medics and nurses at the Isle of Wight NHS Trust are urging Islanders to be careful during the current spell of hot weather which is forecast to last until Thursday (22).

The Met Office has confirmed that threshold temperatures, which are high enough to have a significant effect on health, have now been reached. Level 3 heatwave alerts have been issued for the UK including the Isle of Wight.

Dr Maria Lynch, Consultant in Emergency Medicine at St. Mary’s Hospital said:

“We’ve already seen a few people who have suffered following exposure to the sun or the heat today.

“It’s important that we make sure those who could be vulnerable to hot weather are looked after.

“Individuals who have a pre-existing condition, the elderly and infirm, young people can all be susceptible to the heat. During very hot weather, people who have long-term heart, lung or kidney illnesses, diabetes or Parkinson’s disease, as well as pregnant women, may experience discomfort if indoor temperatures are particularly hot and when using public transport. Without sufficient hydration we can all suffer. It’s important that everyone follows the advice from Public Health England.”

Following this latest alert, Public Health England (PHE) is continuing to remind people to be aware of the health risks of hot weather.

Top advice for being sun safe:

  • Try to keep out of the sun between 11am to 3pm
  • Wear UV sunglasses, preferably wraparound, to reduce UV exposure to the eyes, walk in the shade, apply sunscreen of at least SPF15 with UVA protection, wear a wide brimmed hat and light, loose-fitting cotton clothes. This should minimise the risk of sunburn
  • Drink lots of cool drinks and when travelling ensure you take water with you
  • Look out for others especially vulnerable groups such as older people, young children and babies and those with serious illnesses
  • Never leave anyone in a closed, parked vehicle, especially older people, infants, young children or animals
  • If medicines are sensitive to temperature it may be worth keeping them in the fridge
  • Children should not take part in vigorous physical activity on very hot days, such as when temperatures are above 30°C

Remember that it can get uncomfortably hot indoors too. Try to keep your bedroom and living space cool by closing the curtains on windows that face the sun and opening your windows at cooler times of the day and overnight when safe to do so. Turn off non-essential lights and electrical items as these generate heat.