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A project helping patients take back control of their lives and speed recovery after treatment for breast, prostate or colorectal cancer has proved so powerful it has secured further funding...

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Community Hospitals in the Forest of Dean - Public and Staff Consultation

The 12 week Community Hospitals in the Forest of Dean public and staff consultation ended on 10 December 2017. We would like to thank everyone who has taken part and...

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temperature - sml'Take extra care in the heat' is the message from our health improvement team, which has put together some practical tips to help you cope with the hot weather. With soaring temperatures set to continue, following some simple guidelines will help prevent yourself and others from sunburn or heat exhaustion. 


  • Listen to alerts on the radio and TV
  • Avoid unnecessary travel
  • Visit or phone people/neighbours who are vulnerable, such as older people living on their own or people with health conditions
  • Stay inside and in the coolest room in your home as much as possible and splash yourself with cool water
  • Keep rooms cool if possible use light-coloured curtains and close them (metal blinds and dark curtains can make the room hotter)
  • Keep the windows closed while the room is cooler than it is outside and, if it's safe, open the windows at night when the air is cooler than the room
  • Avoid going outside between 11am and 3pm as this is the hottest part of the day
  • Avoid strenuous activity
  • Check up and take note of neighbours, relatives and friends who may be less able to look after themselves (for example, if they have mobility problems)
  • It is more important to keep yourself and others cool if you or they have a heart or respiratory condition. If symptoms become worse, seek medical advice
  • Drink water or fruit juice regularly
  • Avoid tea, coffee and alcohol, and if you do drink alcohol make sure you have water or other non-alcoholic drinks too

For more advice about staying in the sun, visit NHS Choices