Summer can be a busy time with many outdoor events taking place both in Dorset and across the country.

If you are attending a festival, whether for the day or a long weekend, follow some top tips to make the most of it and stay safe.

Don’t get sunburnt

Try and avoid the sun when it is strongest – between 11am and 3pm during the summer months and use at least factor 30 sunscreen.

If you feel sick or dizzy, have a temperature, have blisters or swelling or if you’re burnt over a large area of your body contact NHS 111.

Stay hydrated

Dehydration means your body loses more fluids than you take in.

If it’s not treated, it can get worse and become a serious problem.

Symptoms include:

  • feeling thirsty
  • dark yellow, strong-smelling pee
  • peeing less often than usual
  • feeling dizzy or lightheaded
  • feeling tired
  • a dry mouth, lips and tongue
  • sunken eyes.

You should drink fluids if you have symptoms of dehydration.

If you feel sick or have been sick, you may find it hard to drink, so start with small sips and then gradually drink more.

Know where to go if you need help

There are lots of ways to get the help you need if you become ill and choosing the right service will mean you get seen sooner and potentially free up services for those who are in greater need.

In the first instance think 111.

Visit to find out more.

Look after your friends

If you or someone you are with is having problems with drugs or alcohol there is support available:

Advice for You | WithYou (

Drugs Archives – EDP Drug & Alcohol Services

Measles is circulating nationally

If you have symptoms of measles please stay at home and phone your GP or NHS 111 for advice.

Symptoms include a runny nose, cough, high fever, sore red watery eyes, aching and feeling generally unwell and a blotchy red-brown rash. For more information on signs to spot click here.

If you are unwell enough to come to the hospital with the below symptoms, immediately inform the reception of emergency department or urgent treatment centre.