THE NHS is warning the public to be safe in the sun after dozens of people called an out-of-hours service for skin-related conditions.
Sunburn was the top reason for people calling the out-of-hours GP service in West Sussex.
The service received more than 890 calls and most were from people complaining of sunburn and skin-related problems.
Judith Wright, director of public health for NHS West Sussex, said: ‘It is concerning that this early in the year people are calling for NHS help for sunburn and similar conditions.
‘Everyone loves good weather, and it’s fantastic to be outdoors, especially after a long, cold winter. But people need to realise that the sun can be powerful no matter what time of year it is and what the weather conditions are.
‘You can still burn if it’s cloudy and a spring breeze can make the sun feel cooler than it actually is.’
‘You can protect yourself by wearing a suntan lotion with a factor of 30 or higher.’
, spending time in the shade between 11am and 3pm, and covering up with a T-shirt, hat and sunglasses.
Never let your skin burn.