Useful information provided by Kent County Council and NHS Choices
Who is at risk?
The heat can affect anyone, but some people may be more at risk, including:
- older people, especially those over 75
- babies and young children
- people with a serious chronic condition, particularly dementia, heart, breathing or mobility problems
- people with serious mental health problems
- people on certain medications, including those that affect sweating and temperature control (for example diuretics, antihistamines, beta-blockers and antipsychotics)
- people who are already ill and dehydrated (for example from gastroenteritis)
- people who misuse alcohol or drugs
- people who are physically active (for example soldiers, athletes, hikers and manual workers)
- homeless people
Watch out for signs of dehydration and heat exhaustion.
What can you do?
A few simple steps can help protect yourself and others during hot weather.
See our advice for protecting your skin in the sun.
Make sure that you and your friends and neighbours are ready and equipped for a heatwave. check up on friends, relatives and neighbours who may be less able to look after themselves and make sure they have enough supplies, such as food, water and any medication they need.
For health advice in Kent and Medway, take a look at the Health Help Now app.
Visit the Met Office website for weather warnings and advice.
If you need medical assistance and it's not an emergency call NHS 111
Advice for our patients
If you are staying on one of our wards during hot weather, please:
- Wear loose, cool clothing or bedclothes
- Drink cold drinks regularly, such as water or diluted fruit juice
- Avoid excess caffeine (tea, coffee or cola) or drinks high in sugar
- Take cool baths or showers and splash yourself with cool water
- Close shades and curtains, but open windows later in the day for ventilation.