An increase in demand for health services in North Wales has been seen as extreme weather conditions continue.

Medical advice on coping with the heat has been made widely available by Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board as temperatures are set to reach record-breaking highs.

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The Health Board’s executive medical director, Dr Nick Lyons, said: “Our emergency departments continue to be extremely busy. Staff absences due to Covid and the volume of people attending have put huge pressures on our system.

“We have seen some attendance related to the extreme weather conditions and we would urge all members of the public, and those visiting North Wales, to heed the wealth of advice about keeping safe.

“Please keep well hydrated, keep out of the sun and in shaded areas during the hottest parts of the day, if possible - and make sure you wear sunblock on exposed skin if you must go out.

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“I would also like to remind the public we have a number of minor injuries units across North Wales which can be accessed. You can find a list of them on our website.

“For minor ailments you can also access advice at your local pharmacy. Further help can be sought via NHS Direct, by dialling 111.

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“Above all please follow the advice, keep yourselves safe and respect the weather conditions.”

For more information please visit: Minor Injury Units - Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board (