Ambulance Service On Alert In Hot Weather
9:59am 30th May 2012
(Updated 10:48am 30th May 2012)
An ambulance service that serves Dorset is anticipating an increased number of calls for help this week (Monday 28th May).
South Western Ambulance says the warmer weather is likely to be the contributory factor, especially for people with respiratory conditions.
They want us to "think carefully" before dialling 999.
If the situation is not an emergency (like a stroke, heart attack, severe bleeding or chocking) we're urged to consider alternative means of healthcare. For example visiting minor injury units, visiting a GP or pharmacist or calling NHS Direct for over the phone health advice 0845 46 47.
Health officials say you can take measures to help yourself too, including keeping hydrated by drinking lots of water, seeking shade between 11:00 and 14:00 when the sun is at its hottest, wearing a hat, monitoring their alcohol intake and checking on vulnerable family members, friends and neighbours.