NHS Borders issues heat warning

The Borders most senior public health expert has issued a warning ahead of continued soaring temperatures.

By Paul Kelly
Thursday, 14th July 2022, 2:02 pm
Updated Thursday, 14th July 2022, 2:02 pm
Dr Tim Patterson.
Dr Tim Patterson.

The serious consequences of heatstroke, heat exhaustion and painful sunburn have been highlighted by Dr Tim Patterson, director of public health at NHS Borders.

Heat is a real risk that can affect anyone and with temperatures predicated to continue to rise through the weekend and into next week, it is important to stay safe and well hydrated.

Dr Patterson said: “Many of us look forward to getting out and enjoying the hot weather but it’s important to remember that as temperatures continue to soar it can also be dangerous. Knowing how to keep cool during these long hot periods can help save lives.

“It’s important to take some time to think about what you have to do to protect yourself, your family and your friends during the hot weather. For some, including older people, those with underlying health conditions and young children, the summer heat can bring real health risks. That’s why we’d like everyone to look out for those who may be at risk this summer and where possible ask if your friends, family or neighbours need support.

“The most effective way to control hay fever would be to avoid exposure to pollen.

"However, it’s very difficult to avoid pollen, particularly during the summer months when you want to spend more time outdoors.

“Treatment options for hay fever include antihistamines, which can help prevent an allergic reaction from occurring.”

For tips on how to keep safe in hot weather visit: www.ready.scot/respond/severe-weather/hot-weather