Most of us welcome hot weather, but when it’s too hot for too long there are health risks. You can avoid feeling uncomfortable or unwell by making sure you are prepared for summer, say Sutton’s GPs.

Ensure you stay hydrated – carry a bottle of water with you, especially if you’re heading out for the day or making a long journey. It’s also a good idea to wear cool clothing and stay out of the sun between 11am to 3pm.

If you do feel unwell, use the right health service. A&E departments are for life-threatening illnesses only. Using the right health service for your needs can prevent you waiting around in A&E, ensure you receive more appropriate treatment more quickly and free up local A&E staff to help those patients with the most serious conditions.

Dr Chris Elliott, local GP and Chief Clinical Officer of NHS Sutton Clinical Commissioning Group, said: “As summer starts it’s important to remember that A&E is for serious emergencies only. Hospitals are very busy places all year round, including summer, with A&E staff dealing with emergencies, like strokes and heart attacks.

“Summer conditions such as sunburn, hayfever or dehydration can be easily prevented and treatment is available. Local pharmacists are trained clinicians who can provide expert advice on how to help manage illnesses as well as providing guidance on the best treatments.”