Summer is shaping up to look very different from previous years, but whether you are spending it in your back garden or venturing further afield and visiting the shops, beaches and restaurants – make sure you take care of your health.

If you are going out in the sun remember to wear sun screen of at least factor 30 and keep topping it up during the day. Avoid being in direct sunlight between 11am and 3pm if you can and wear a hat and sunglasses to protect your head and eyes.

If the weather is hot, make sure you take on fluids throughout the day to avoid dehydration. Babies and children are more at risk of dehydration than adults so make sure you keep an eye on them.

If you are barbecuing or cooking outdoors please make sure you cook and store food correctly to minimise the risk of food poisoning, including E. coli. If you are handling food, wash your hands thoroughly afterwards to avoid spreading germs to other people.

If you do become ill, call 111 for help or advice.

When you call 111 you will be given advice or booked in for a face-to-face appointment at the appropriate site.

If you or someone you are with has an emergency or is in a life-threatening situation, don’t hesitate call 999. For everything else, call 111 or go to 111 online.

Pharmacists and their teams are an essential part of the NHS are doing their best to provide you with the medicines and advice you need.

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