We are committed to helping you access services when you need them. We also want to make sure you can take greater care of your own health so you can live a longer and healthier life.
We offer a variety of treatment and advice options to make sure you get the best health care. You can find links to these on our Find local services page.
Remember NHS emergency services, such as A&E and 999 are under increasing pressure. Did you know 1 out of every 4 people who go to A&E could have either self-treated for minor illnesses and injuries or been treated by other local services. This obviously puts a strain on the emergency services and diverts care away from people with life threatening conditions.
If you are in doubt about where you should access support please ring 111 as the NHS111 service can direct you to the most appropriate care for your needs. Calls from landlines and mobiles are free and is designed to make it easier for you to access urgent health services.
Find out more about choosing the most appropriate services for your injury or illness.
Beat the Heat
Most of us welcome hot weather, but when it's too hot for too long there are health risks. If a heatwave hits this summer, make sure the hot weather doesn't harm you or anyone you know. The very young, the elderly and the seriously ill are the groups who are particularly at risk of health problems when the weather is very hot. In particular, very hot weather can make heart and breathing problems worse.
Public Health England has provided advice on how to stay well. Knowing how to keep cool during long periods of hot weather can help save lives.
Tips for coping in hot weather
The following advice applies to everybody when it comes to keeping cool and comfortable and reducing health risks:
- Shut windows and pull down the shades when it is hotter outside. If it's safe, open them 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.
- Keep rooms cool by using shades or reflective material outside the windows. If this isn't possible, use light-coloured curtains and keep them closed (metallic blinds and dark curtains can make the room hotter).
- Have cool baths or showers, and splash yourself with cool water.
- Drink cold drinks regularly, such as water and fruit juice. Avoid tea, coffee and alcohol.
- Stay tuned to the weather forecast on the radio or TV, or on the Met Office website.
- Plan ahead to 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 if you go outdoors.
- Check up on friends, relatives and neighbours who may be less able to look after themselves.
The Beat the Heat checklist helps you to identify if a home may be at risk of overheating and if occupants living there may be at risk of ill health. The more factors that are present, the greater the risk is likely to be. It also provides details about how to reduce overheating and where to get help.
For more information about how to Beat the Heat see our plans here: