People with chronic conditions or taking regular medications during hot weather

If you or someone you know have a chronic health condition (such as a renal or cardiovascular condition), a mental health condition, or take certain medicines including you may be more likely to have health problems when the weather is hot.

Follow these tips during very hot weather:

  • Have a friend or relative to check in with you every day to see how you are, especially if you live alone.
  • 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.
  • 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. Always carry a bottle of water with you.
  • Maintain your regular daily routine.
  • Be alert: 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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