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Sun advice for Crawley residents as high UV levels expected

The Met Office warns of high UV levels today, with temperatures reaching as high as 31°C. NHS Crawley Clinical Commissioning Group urges residents to protect themselves against the sun.

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People living and visiting Crawley are being urged to protect themselves against the sun this summer to reduce the risk of skin cancer as we head into another hot weekend.

The Met Office has warned of high UV levels between 11am and 2pm today, with temperatures reaching highs of 31°C.

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Temperatures are set to stay reasonably high over the weekend too, highs of 27°C are expected for both tomorrow and Sunday. Temperatures will be on the rise again for Monday and Tuesday, with highs of 29°C forecasted for Monday and 28°C on Tuesday.

Recent figures show that Crawley is above the national average for incidents of malignant melanoma, with 25.1 cases per 100,000 people, higher than the national average of 23.3 per 100,000.

NHS Crawley Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) recommends following these tips to stay safe in the sun:

• Use at least factor 15 sunscreen and reapply every few hours
• Spend time in the shade between 11am and 3pm
• Avoid getting sunburn
• Cover up with suitable clothing and sunglasses
• Take extra care with children

Mild sunburn can usually be treated at home to help relieve you symptoms until your skin heals, without the need to visit a GP. The NHS recommends having a cold bath or shower to cool down the skin, or you can sponge your skin with cold water or hold a cold flannel against it. Drink plenty of water to avoid dehydration, and apply soothing lotions to moisturise the skin.

Dr Laura Hill, Clinical Chair at NHS Crawley CCG, said:

“We’re urging residents and visitors to our town to be aware of the dangers of being in the sun without protection.

“Going into shade, wearing clothing and sunglasses, and using sunscreen which is at least factor 15 with good UV-A protection on all exposed skin, will help reduce the risks we all face when going out in the sun for long periods.”

Anyone who feels unwell or concerned about their sunburn, particularly if you’re burnt over a large area or have any of the more severe symptoms (such as blistering or swelling of the skin) should call NHS 111, visit their GP or go to the Urgent Treatment Centre at Crawley Hospital.

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Neurokinex Gatwick wins national award

Neurokinex Gatwick – a leading provider of activity-based rehabilitation for spinal cord injury – has won the 2018 National Fitness Awards’ Best Rehabilitation Facility of the Year category.

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Four members of the 10-strong team were at the Award ceremony on Friday November 30th to receive the Award.

The Best Rehabilitation Facility category is open to gyms and sites who are dedicated purely to the rehabilitation market and/or who employ specially trained consultants to deal with GP referrals. Neurokinex was chosen as a finalist from 100s of entries and was up against four other finalists.

Neurokinex underwent a rigorous assessment process, which involved a site visit by a member of the awards’ team who toured the facility, chatted to clients and staff and examined all areas of the business. Detailed reports were then compiled and passed on to an expert judging panel which decided the winners.

Neurokinex Gatwick team receives National Fitness Award for Best Rehabilitation Facility

“I am very proud and happy that our Gatwick team has won this very important award,”

says Harvey Sihota, founder and director of Neurokinex.

“This achievement is testament to the hard work of the entire team. We know our ground-breaking protocols and activity-based rehabilitation therapies are redefining possibilities for adults and children with spinal cord injury. But to have this independent validation from industry experts that our work is of a national award-winning quality is an honour: I am delighted our work has been recognised this way.”

Neurokinex www.neurokinex.org is a charity and a not-for-profit organisation.

The Gatwick site, which opened in 2016, sets out to redefine possibilities for people with a spinal cord injury.

Its programmes stimulate and load the entire nervous and musculoskeletal systems through carefully crafted, task-specific exercises with the assistance of skilled therapists. Neurokinex clients take part in activities such as active standing, cycling, walking and rowing, tailored to their neurological impairment.

This offers people a multitude of benefits including improvements in neurological function, muscle bulk and quality, cardiovascular health, strength and stamina, balance and trunk control, skin and bone health, range of motion and psychological wellbeing.

“Neurokinex stood out to us as a life-changing facility which combines cutting edge tech with highly-skilled and compassionate trainers,” says Judith Halkerston, Event Director, National Fitness Awards.

“It is evident that Neurokinex is changing the lives of people with spinal cord injury. Its broad client base of adults and children as young as 18 months, plus international clients who are travelling to the facility for this treatment, proves that it is offering something very special indeed. They should be very proud of their achievement and I wish them continued success going forwards.”

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