Holiday health care advice

Enjoy the sun safely

Enjoy the sun safely

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People in Scotland are being urged to prepare ahead to ensure they have a safe and healthy holiday.

Scotland’s national telehealth and telecare service, NHS 24, is advising people to visit www.nhsinform.co.uk to get helpful tips and advice on summer holiday health issues, from sunburn and stings to travel sickness and heat exhaustion.

The health resource includes a section dedicated to a ‘Safe Summer in Scotland’ providing information on staying safe in the heat and sun, as well as travel tips and advice about the safe preparation of food.

NHS 24 Medical Director Professor George Crooks said: “It is always a good idea to be prepared whether on holiday at home or abroad and the wide range of information available at www.nhsinform.co.uk can help you do just that. Whether it is finding out what vaccinations to have before travelling, what to do when an upset tummy strikes or how to deal with insect bites, the information is readily available.

“If you take regular medication, make sure you have enough to last for your whole trip. Remember to order and pick up your repeat prescription in plenty of time before your departure to prevent any last minute delays or unnecessary panic.

“It is essential to always wear sunscreen when out in the sun, even in the UK. I would urge everyone to use a high factor sunscreen to protect themselves against the sun’s harmful rays.“By taking these simple steps, you can help minimise or even prevent minor health problems from ruining your holiday.”

For more information, visit http://www.nhsinform.co.uk/health-in-focus/campaigns/safe-summer-in-scotland/