Summer health

We want to ensure you, your family and your friends can enjoy the great outdoors (or indoors) this summer.

To help you we have provided some information below including self-help guides so that you can stay healthy over summer and know what to do if you are affected by some of the more common ailments expected over summer.

Keep cool in Leeds

Keep cool in Leeds with these posters and stay healthy this summer. These offer advice on the importance of:

  • Covering up and wearing sunscreen above SPF15
  • Staying in the shade between 11am and 3pm
  • Taking rest breaks if you’re out in the heat
  • Drinking plenty of water

Beat the heat, staying safe in hot weather (information from Public Health England)

Self help guides

These handy guides can help you for a range of minor health concerns that can happen over summer:

For more information and advice visit the summer health pages on NHS Choices

Stay safe in the sun

Top advice for being sun safe:

  • Try to keep out of the sun between 11am to 3pm.
  • Apply sunscreen of at least SPF15 with UVA protection.
  • Wear UV sunglasses, preferably wraparound, to reduce UV exposure to the eyes.
  • Wear light, loose-fitting cotton clothes, a hat and light scarf.
  • Drink lots of cool drinks.
  • 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 infants, young children or animals.

Vitamin D deficiency

Vitamin D, also known as the sunshine vitamin, is vital to help the body absorb calcium from food and a lack of this vitamin can lead to bone deformities such as rickets in children, as well as bone pain and tenderness in adults.

Our bodies rely on creating enough vitamin D during the summer months (April to October) to last a year which is why it’s important to spend a little and often time out in the sunshine. The body is unable to produce vitamin D if you wear sunscreen or if you’re behind glass but anyone spending longer than 10-15 minutes in the sun should cover up or protect their skin by using sunscreen with a sun protection factor (SPF) of at least 15 to minimise the risk of developing skin cancer.

Read more here about the importance of spending enough time out in the sunshine, how long you should spend uncovered and how your skin tone can affect the time needed to be out in the sun.

Keep up to date with the latest weather forecast

Children, people with long term conditions and older people are more likely to experience problems in hot weather so it important to be prepared for any unusually warm or hot weather. The Met Office has a system in place to alert people when there is likely to be any extreme weather that could have an impact on their health as well as providing information on the latest pollen count – useful for those who have hay fever. You can access the latest weather warning on alerts on the Met Office website or by following them on Twitter (@MetOffice).

Choosing the right NHS service

Remember A&E is not anything and everything and should only be used for life threatening illnesses or injuries. Before you consider going to A&E why not call NHS 111 who can give you the advice and support you need.

Find out more about local services that could help you should the weather take its toll.

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