Have a safe summer

by Dr Wirin Bhatiani

The easing of the lockdown restrictions means that people are enjoying the freedom to do more of the things they used to – albeit with precautions.

Young people in particular are keen to get out after weeks being at home. It’s great to see them having a good time but it’s also essential that we continue to keep them safe - and not just from coronavirus.

The annual GM Safe4Summer Campaign has lots of advice to help young people stay safe while out and about – covering topics such as water, fire and road safety.

There is also a Safe4Summer creative project, and they can do a quiz for the opportunity to win an iPad.

Remember, if things do go awry this summer, your NHS services are still here for you – although they may be operating differently.

It is vital that you continue to help the NHS at this time by choosing the right service.

Ailments such as hangovers, minor cuts and bruises, mild tummy upsets and cold symptoms can be treated at home, so keep a well-stocked medicine cabinet.

Your local pharmacy can advise you on how to treat common ailments like hay fever, sun burn, insect bites and eczema or dry skin. But don’t enter a pharmacy if you have symptoms of coronavirus: a dry cough, raised temperature or changes to your sense of taste or smell.

If you are concerned about an illness that won’t go away, your GP practice is available Monday to Friday, 8am to 6.30pm. Please phone first as practices are operating differently at this time.

Your A&E department is open if you have a serious injury or life-threatening condition. Social distancing is in place and friends and family will be asked to go home or wait in their cars.

And don't forget your face covering!

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