Make sure you have some over-the-counter remedies for common illnesses. It’s also a good idea to have a first aid kit available.
Your pharmacist can advise you on the best medicines for you and your family.
Good things to have include:
Remember to always follow the advice on the pack and do not get too much as medicines go out of date.
If you rely on regular medicine remember to take this with you when you travel away from home, even if it’s only for one or two nights. You should check you have enough to cover the duration of your trip. If you need to order more, order only what you need and in plenty of time.
If you run out and your GP practice is closed, there are ways to get an emergency supply.
Complete our self-help guide to find out what to do next.
The summer months are an opportunity to get out and enjoy our outdoor space. This can be brilliant for both our physical and mental health.
But, we also need to be aware that a small number of people each year are affected by infections caught outdoors.
Wash your hands thoroughly if you have been in contact with farm animals or the environment where they are kept like gates, fencing or buildings. They can carry germs like E.coli O157 and Cryptosporidium.
Drink clean water. Germs can contaminate lochs, rivers and burns (streams) and can be harmful if swallowed. This includes germs like E. coli O157, Cryptosporidium and Leptospira.
You should ensure you have enough clean drinking water with you when you’re outside. If this isn’t possible, untreated water can be made safe to drink by boiling it or using chemical treatments.
Be aware of when and where you can be bitten by ticks. Ticks in Scotland can carry the germ that causes Lyme disease.
It’s tempting to make the most of the outdoors when the sun comes out. But it’s important to do it safely and be aware of the effects of the sun’s heat and rays.
10 to 15 minutes of unprotected Scottish sun exposure is safe for all.
You can reduce the amount of UV radiation damage from the sun by following some precautions.
Read more about sunburn, including treatments and when to get medical help
Everyone is at risk during hot weather. But, some groups of people are at higher risk of becoming unwell. These groups include:
Sometimes being in the sun is unavoidable.
Newly updated UKHSA guidance contains information on how to ‘Beat the Heat’. This includes information on how to recognise the signs of heat exhaustion and heatstroke.
Signs of heat exhaustion include:
If someone is showing signs of heat exhaustion, they’ll need to be cooled down. To do this:
Heat exhaustion is not usually serious if the person is treated within 30 minutes and symptoms begin to improve.
If you don’t take action to cool down, heat exhaustion can develop into heatstroke which is a medical emergency.
You or someone else has signs of heatstroke, including:
Put the person in the recovery position if they lose consciousness while you’re waiting for help.
Being outside in nicer weather can increase the likelihood of accidents.
Carrying a small first aid kit can help to deal with minor ailments, like:
Trips, slips or falls may also be more likely when exploring or playing outdoors. This can cause damage to the muscles, bones or joints.
Get advice about issues in the muscles bones and joints, including:
Open water swimming has become very popular in Scotland. It means swimming in lochs, rivers, seas and reservoirs, rather than swimming pools. But, there are risks if you choose to open water swim. This includes:
If you need more help, it’s important that you know how to get the right care, right place. The way we access urgent care has changed.
Visit our resource on the right care, right place for information on how access the correct local services in your area.