Stay hydrated during Pride heat to avoid A&E

People celebrating Pride 2018 are being urged to stay hydrated during the weekend to avoid unnecessary medical treatment during predicted hot weather, saving emergency care services for those in most need.

Symptoms of mild dehydration can include headache, thirst, and it can even affect how we feel and think. Mild dehydration is also associated with impaired concentration, poor decision making, reduced skill and accuracy, irritability and tiredness.

Anyone can become dehydrated, but certain groups are particularly at risk:

  • Parents of babies and infants
  • Older people
  • Patients with a long-term health condition
  • People engaging in exercise during hot weather 

Unless it is addressed quickly dehydration can cause rapid deterioration, requiring complex, costly and invasive clinical interventions, involving a wide range of health professionals.

To reduce the risk of dehydration the NHS recommends:

  • Drink fluids, including water and tea if any dehydration symptoms are felt.
  • Drink enough during the day so that urine is a pale clear colour.
  • Drink when there is a higher risk of dehydrating. For example, if suffering from vomiting, sweating or have diarrhoea.

Dr David Supple, Clinical Chair at NHS Brighton and Hove CCG, said: “Dehydration means your body loses more fluids than you take in. If it isn't treated it can get worse and become a serious problem, which will require avoidable medical treatment and take up emergency services time.

“During Pride 2018 we are urging people to make sure they avoid dehydration and its unpleasant symptoms. The best thing to do is avoid dehydration completely by making sure you are drinking enough liquids, including drinks that are mostly diluted with water like tea and squash.”