Advice to stay safe in the sun

People in Scotland are being urged to stay safe in the sun, as part of Sun Awareness Week (May 4-10).

With the prospect of longer, warmer days ahead, people throughout the country will be spending more time outdoors. Scotland’s national telehealth and telecare service is urging people to seek advice on staying safe in the sun.

Professor George Crooks, NHS 24’s Medical Director, says that by taking a few simple steps, people can ensure they make the most of the summer season.

He said: “We have already seen some warm and sunny days in Scotland so far this spring, with the prospect of more to follow. It is always a good idea to be prepared as best you can for the better weather.

“By taking just a few simple steps, we can all make the most of the good weather, without any ill effects. It is all too tempting, especially in Scotland, to overdo it in the sun and end up with painful sunburn. The sun that shines in Scotland, though, is the same sun that shines in the Mediterranean.

“I would advise people, particularly children and young infants, to take sensible precautions like limiting exposure to the direct sun, using sunscreen and drinking plenty of soft drinks.”

NHS inform contains a wide range of advice and information on summer health issues, with dedicated sections on sunburn, heatstroke, allergies and hay fever. There is also a section dedicated to hot weather in the common health questions section.

For more information, visit www.nhsinform.co.uk