Expert Health Advice
with Dr Martin Dace, GP
The May Bank Holiday 2018 has made history for being the hottest on record.
Temperatures rose to over 28°C, smashing previous highest temperature for an early May Bank Holiday Monday of 23.6°C. Brits flocked to the coast, countryside and parks to enjoy the sun and warmth.
After a long, cold and wet winter, it can be tempting to overindulge in the sun, but this can be dangerous.
The Smart Clinics’ GP Dr Martin Dace has produced an article full of helpful health advice and tips for warm weather.
Keep Safe In The Sun
“Now the sun is out we can feel better, put winter blues behind us and boost our vitamin D levels. However we can have too much of a good thing. Here are some tips to keep safe and healthy during the hot weather.
“Carry a bottle of water to avoid dehydration. Dehydration is especially dangerous if working at heights – you don’t want to feel faint up a ladder. Have a bottle of water in your car too: you may think your journey is short but you don’t want to get stuck in a traffic jam without water on a hot day.
“When thirsty after work it may be tempting to down a pint or two of cold beer, but it’s best to drink water because you’re thirsty and just drink beer because you like it. Give your liver a chance to keep up by not drinking alcohol on an empty stomach.
“Sunbathing feels nice but ultraviolet from too much sun exposure ages the skin and also increases the risk of skin cancer. You’ll get enough vitamin D just walking around in normal clothes even if you wear sunblock.
“Use sun block minimum factor 30, especially if you have a pale skin type. But even dark-skinned people can get sunburn, so play safe. Try not to stay out in direct sunlight for more than 15 minutes at a time.”
Dr Martin Dace
Dr Dace is a member of the team of private GPs at The Smart Clinics in London.
- Trained at St Peter’s College, Oxford and Oxford University Medical School
- Hospital experience includes general medicine, geriatrics, surgery, paediatrics, obstetrics and gynaecology
- NHS GP in South London from 1981 to 2002 (senior partner from 1990)
- Independent GP from 2002 working in both the NHS and private sectors
- Joined Smart Clinics in 2016
Private GPs London
The Smart Clinics was founded in 2013 and is an independent and doctor-managed company with a genuine commitment to quality healthcare at the heart of the business.
The facilities are designed to be family-friendly and welcoming to children with play areas and toys to keep little ones amused.
The company is best known for its unique membership based private GP service with access to a friendly team of experienced doctors, which entitles individuals, families and corporate members to unlimited GP access for a monthly fee.
In addition to doctors, The Smart Clinics works with an extensive group of healthcare professionals from dentists and osteopaths to dermatologists, helping their patients to take control of their healthcare issues and access early treatment and assistance.