Five Issues in tonight’s DriveTime
· Staying well in the Heat
· Patient Access
· Donate a Kidney Event tomorrow night
· NHS at 70
1. Staying Well In The Heat
Hasn’t this warm spell been great? Or are you getting a little tired of the heat? There are lots of things you can do to ensure that you stay well in the heat such as:-
- Shut windows and pull down the shades when it is hotter outside. You can open the windows 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.
- Have cool baths or showers, and splash yourself with cool water.
- Drink cold drinks regularly, such as water and diluted fruit juice. Avoid excess alcohol, caffeine (tea, coffee and cola) or drinks high in sugar.
- Make sure you have enough supplies, such as food, water and any medications you need.
- Identify the coolest room in the house so you know where to go to keep cool.
- Wear loose, cool clothing, and a hat and sunglasses if you go outdoors.
- Check up on friends, relatives and neighbours who may be less able to look after themselves.
For a full briefing on how to cope go to
One of the consequences of this hot weather is an increase in insect bites – and especially from horseflies! Most insect bites can be simply treated at home – here’s the best advice!
But there are two critical points to watch out for:
· Anaphylactic shock – some people are allergic to stings and can develop life threatening conditions – 999 is for them!
· Horseflies - whilst most bites are relatively painless and clear up quickly on their own, the horsefly bite takes a chunk out of you, as well as sucking blood; they are noticeably more painful and more likely to get infected. See your pharmacist if you have a bite but if it gets infected seek medical help through your Surgery or 111 as soon as possible,
And to minimise the chance of a bite, clear, or avoid, standing water as much as possible.
3. Patient Access
We talked about Patient Records last month (and I can confirm I have finally received my opt out confirmation letter!), but this month I want to encourage you register for online access at your Surgery. There are three key benefits:-
- Making appointments
- Repeat Prescriptions; and
- Seeing your Medical Records
Data shows that around 30% of patients in our area are registered; don’t be one of the 70%; see your surgery if you don’t already have access!
4. Donate a Kidney Event
It’s being held tomorrow night at the Verulamium Museum and it’s for anyone who would like more information on becoming a kidney donor – lives are transformed through kidney donorship and you can find out all about it at 7:00 pm at the Verulamium Museum.
5. NHS at 70 – The NHS, turned 70 on July 5th, and, I’m doing the NHS 1000 mile challenge. The good news is that I’m half-way; the bad news is that I should be on 539 miles by now; I blame this hot weather!
So, this is a great time to support your NHS!