Be prepared for summer holidays

WITH the start of the school summer break imminent, people in Scotland are being urged to prepare ahead to ensure they have a safe and healthy holiday, whether at home or abroad.

As part of the Be Ready for Summer campaign, Scotland’s national telehealth service is advising people to visit www.nhsinform.co.uk got helpful tips and advice on summer holiday health issues, from sunburn and stings to travel sickness and heat exhaustion.

NHS 24 Medical Director Professor George Crooks said taking simple steps can ensure people make the most of their holidays.

He said: “It is always a good idea to be prepared whether on holiday at home or abroad and the wide range of information available at www.nhsinform.co.uk can help you do just that.

“If you take regular medication, make sure you have enough to last for your whole trip. Remember to order and pick up your repeat prescription in plenty of time before your departure to prevent any last minute delays or unnecessary panic.

“It is essential to always wear sunscreen when out in the sun, even in the UK. I would urge everyone to use a high factor sunscreen to protect themselves against the sun’s harmful rays.”

General advice includes: Always wear sunscreen and sunglasses, even in the UK; Use insect repellant if spending long period outdoors; If it’s particularly hot, increase your fluid intake; Make sure you have an emergency first aid kit; Remember to pack your medication and have enough for your whole trip.

And if you are planning to go abroad: Check if you need any vaccinations or malaria tablets; If flying, keep medication in your hand luggage; Make sure you have adequate medical cover; Keep a list of important numbers handy e.g. local emergency services and your travel insurer.