People with chronic conditions or taking regular medications during hot weather

If you or someone you know have a chronic health condition such as renal, cardiovascular and diabetes, or mental health condition, you may be more likely to have health problems when the weather is hot.

The medicines you take may change how your body responds to hot weather and could mean you do not realise that you are becoming overheated or dehydrated.

To protect yourself in the hot weather, follow these tips:

  • Have a friend or relative check in on you every day to see how you are, especially if you live alone.
  • Ask your doctor about the medicines you take and how to reduce the risks of health problems during hot weather.
  • Continue taking your medicines as they have been prescribed by your doctor.
  • Check with your doctor about how much water you should drink when the weather is hot and always carry a bottle of water with you.
  • Maintain your regular daily routine.

Always look out for signs and symptoms of heat-related illness in yourself and others. A person with a mental health condition or a cognitively impaired person may not be able to tell you when they are feeling hot or unwell.

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