As the raised temperatures continue this week, many are enjoying the sunshine and fine weather.
However, this has also caused raised call levels to 999 and 111 control rooms.
London Ambulance Service Gold Commander, Pauline Cranmer, is advising people to be aware of the dangers of spending too long in the sun and the health risks of hot weather.
These are the top tips for staying safe in the sun:
▪ Try to stick to shade and wear sun cream.
▪ Avoid prolonged exposure to direct sunlight – especially between 11am and 3pm when the sun’s UV rays are at their strongest.
▪ Remember to drink plenty of water. If you’re heading out, take a bottle of water with you.
▪ Keep hydrated, this is especially important if you’re drinking alcohol. It’s a good idea to drink water or soft drinks between alcoholic drinks.
▪ Be sensible when drinking so your night doesn’t end in an ambulance or A&E.
In a statement, Gold Commander Pauline Cranmer, said: “Our teams are working really hard to ensure we can give Londoners the best care and treatment – and I want to thank all our staff and volunteers for their efforts.
“In this time of increased pressure on our services, please help us to help you.
“If you need urgent medical help, but you don’t need an emergency ambulance, go to NHS 111 online.
“Here, you’ll be asked some questions about your health concern, and then be advised on what to do and where to get the help you need.
“If you’re unsure what to do, go online to NHS 111.
“And for less urgent health problems, don’t forget you can contact your GP or local pharmacy.
“Thank you for your support.”