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Birmingham and Solihull Mental health NHS Foundation Trust
Better Together

Stay cool this summer

Hot weather is not always good news. For some people, hot weather can result in serious illness. We want to help people to stay cool and keep well this Summer, and are encouraging everyone to follow some simple steps.

Who is most affected by hot weather?

  • People with heart, respiratory and serious health problems are more at risk and the heat can make these conditions worse

  • Frail and elderly

  • Babies and young children

  • People on certain medication


Top tips for staying cool

  • Keep your environment cool, and have a thermometer in the room

  • Have plenty of cold drinks, and avoid excess alcohol, caffeine and hot drinks

  • Eat cold foods, particularly salads and fruit with a high water content

  • Avoid extreme physical exertion during hot weather

  • Keep out of the sun during 11am and 3pm where possible

  • Wear a hat and sun cream when out in the sun

  • Many prescription medicines can reduce people’s tolerance of heat. Keep taking your medicines, but take extra care to keep cool

  • Danger symptoms to watch out for in hot weather include: feeling faint and dizzy, short of breath, vomiting or increasing confusion


Be a good neighbour

  • Keep an eye on isolated, elderly, ill or very young people and make sure they are able to keep cool

  • Be alert and call a doctor or social services if you are worried someone is not coping in the hot weather.


To find out more take a look at this short guide to staying cool.

Alternatively, visit NHS Choices to read more hints and tips.