NHS inform promotes a Safe Summer in Scotland

A new online resource encouraging people in Scotland to be prepared for the summer has been launched at Scotland’s national health information service.

‘Safe Summer in Scotland’ has been developed by NHS 24 in partnership with the Scottish Government and brings together a wide range of information and advice on staying safe and making the most of the summer months.

The new online resource at www.nhsinform.co.uk provides advice on how to stay safe in the heat and sun, as well as information on how to avoid outdoor hazards, travel tips, safe preparation of food and advice for visiting animal attractions.

The old and the young are particularly vulnerable and the section includes information on tick bites, safe BBQs, keeping cool and hydrated in a heatwave and safe swimming advice, plus a wealth of other information on staying safe this summer.

Dr Aileen Keel, Acting Chief Medical Officer, said: “Summer is a time of year we all look forward to because it’s a good opportunity to get out and enjoy Scotland’s great outdoors. 

“This new online resource gives some valuable advice on how to stay safe, whether it’s swimming in the sea, hiking in the mountains, or enjoying the sunshine in your back garden.”

NHS 24 Head of Health Information Services, Lynne Huckerby, added: “We have worked with the Scottish Government to bring together clear, accurate and up-to-date information on summer safety.

“With several major events taking place in Scotland this summer, including the Commonwealth Games and the Ryder Cup, it is the ideal time to remind people about looking after themselves and their families.

“Bringing together relevant resources within the Safe Summer in Scotland section on NHS inform will make it easier for people to find the information they need to stay safe this summer and equip them to make more informed decisions about their the health and wellbeing of themselves and their families.”