Spring into Summer – How to stay safe
It is very common for people to experience seasonal allergies this time of year, even if they have never had symptoms before. The prescribing of treatments for seasonal allergies is no longer supported. If you find you are experiencing symptoms your local pharmacy will be able to give advice on treatment.
If you are travelling abroad please check the vaccination requirements for your destination. Travel forms are available at Reception, once complete our Practice Nurse will check the latest information for your destination and advise what vaccinations are required. Please allow plenty of time before you travel for this, some vaccinations are not readily available and some must be administered several weeks before travel to be affective. Please note that some travel vaccinations are not covered by NHS funding and therefore incur a fee.
If you are travelling abroad or staying in the UK it is good to be prepared should you or any of your party have a minor illness or injury. The NHS have put together a Travel Checklist or items you may require when spending time away from home.
Staying Safe In The Sun
Getting burnt in the sun can increase your risk of getting skin cancer. You can burn in the sun abroad and in the UK and even when the weather is cloudy.
Here are some tips on staying safe in the sun
- Stay out of the sun between 11am and 3pm (when the sun rays are at their strongest)
- Always use a sun protection with a minimum of factor 15 protection
- Apply sun protection generously and often
- Protect the head, neck and eyes with suitable head wear and glasses
- Cover up with loose fitting clothing
- Take extra care with children
For advise on choosing the correct type of sun protection, how to apply effectively and advice on treating sunburn visit:
NHS Choices Livewell pages give additional information on staying safe in the summer months including:
What to do during a heatwave
Summer safety for younger children
How to avoid and treat insect bites and stings