With only days to go until the Tall Ships Races and the hot weather set to continue, NHS Sunderland CCG is urging visitors to be prepared and stay safe.
From 10-14 July, more than 50 ships from around the world will form the highlight of The Tall Ships Races Sunderland 2018.
With an estimated 1.5m visitors expected to visit Sunderland during the festival, Sunderland CCG is urging everyone to do their bit to help health services run smoothly when the city is at its busiest.
Patients are being encouraged to:
- Order repeat prescriptions early.
- Allow more travel time for appointments.
- Consider using public transport or arrange to be dropped off as parking in some areas may be limited.
- Speak to NHS 111 if you have an urgent health problem.
- Wear comfortable shoes.
- Bring regular medication such as inhalers.
Dr Ian Pattison, Chair of Sunderland CCG, said: “It’s an honour that Sunderland has been chosen to host the Tall Ships Regatta 2018 and it’s an exciting time for our city.
“However, with the hot weather set to continue and with the increased number of people in the city, we are urging everyone to plan ahead when it comes to healthcare.
“With increased visitors comes increased traffic, so if you have a healthcare appointment, remember to allow more travel time.
“If you have an urgent health problem, but are not sure what care you need, speak to the trained advisors at NHS 111, who will direct you to the best care.
“If you’re attending the event, ensure that you are applying sun cream regularly and sticking to shaded areas where possible. Make sure you stay hydrated and carry a water bottle with you to sip throughout the day.
“If drinking alcohol, we would advise people to do so in moderation and drink water regularly.
“NHS 111 is available 24/7 as normal for urgent medical advice and we’d ask people to use the NHS wisely and leave urgent and emergency care services for those who need them most.”