People With Chronic Or Mental Health Conditions During Heatwaves

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

  • Have a friend or relative to check in with you every day to see how you are and make sure you have everything you need to stay healthy in the heat, 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 or General Practitioner 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.
  • 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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