Stay safe in the sun, says Virgin Care doctor

A Virgin Care doctor is urging people to stay safe and take precautions in the hot weather.

This week temperatures across England are set to soar with an amber heatwave warning issued by the Met Office and Dr Mehdi Fard, Clinical GP Lead for Reading Walk-in Centre, which Virgin Care runs, has advice for locals on how to stay safe and cool – and avoid a trip to hospital.

Dr Fard (pictured) said: “Of course when the weather’s so nice people want to get outside and enjoy it.

“If people go outside they should wear sunscreen and reapply it regularly, and stay out of the sun between 11am and 3pm. It’s important to drink plenty of water and cool drinks to stay hydrated.

“People should keep babies and young children out of the sun as much as possible, especiallywhen the sun is at its strongest. It’s important to regularly apply high-factor sunscreen for all babies and children.”

“If people with young children do go out on a hot day, they should attach a parasol or sunshade to the pushchair to keep them out of direct sunlight. And they and their child should drink plenty of fluids so they don’t get dehydrated,” added Dr Fard.

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