Help the ambulance service manage demand
South East Coast Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust (SECAmb) is reminding people to take care in the sun, with the return of warmer weather and ahead of the school summer holidays. People are also urged to be sensible as coronavirus restrictions ease.
SECAmb has faced high demand in recent weeks, often handling around 3,000 calls a day across Kent, Surrey and Sussex.
If you need medical advice or help, but it is not an emergency please:
- Call NHS 111.
- Go online www.111.nhs.uk.
- Speak to your GP.
- Seek medical advice from pharmacists.
Hotter weather typically results in an increase in calls to the ambulance service relating to dehydration and heat stroke. Higher temperatures can seriously affect people with long-term health issues such as heart conditions or high blood pressure, as well as adversely affect older people and the very young.
For advice about what to do in the heat please read SECAmb tips for staying safe and cool in the sun.