The Tour de France will be putting Calderdale on the map shortly when it comes to the area.
On Sunday 6 July, Calderdale will host Stage two of the race, and preparations are well under way. The route in Calderdale will start at Cock Hill, passing through Peckett Well village, Hebden Bridge, Mytholmroyd, Cragg Vale, Ripponden, Greetland, West Vale and the Ainley Top roundabout before heading on to Kirklees.
Dr Alan Brook, Chair, NHS Calderdale Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and GP in Brighouse, said: “Whether you’re a fan, spectator or even if you’re not interested in the race at all it will still affect you – make sure you’re not caught out with our Tour de France health advice.”:
Don’t forget – If you get repeat prescriptions, think about when you will need your medication over the next few months; that means carefully working out how much medication you have left and making time to order a repeat prescription early if you need it. Don’t leave getting your prescription until the week of the race.
Minor ailments like colds, headaches and diarrhoea can be a nuisance, so make sure your medicine cabinet is stocked up with painkillers, rehydration salts, indigestion tablets and a basic first aid kit made up of plasters, bandages, antiseptic and a thermometer. Your local pharmacy will give you what you need.
If you need urgent but not emergency medical aid fast and your doctor isn’t available – call 111.
111 is available 24-hours-a-day and you’ll speak confidentially to a trained adviser, supported by nurses and paramedics.
If you’re online you can also use the NHS Choices symptom checker for convenient advice and information. Visit http://www.nhs.uk
Beware of the weather
Be sun smart: if you’re going to be out watching the cyclists in Calderdale – stay in the shade if you can, keep hydrated with water and pack some painkillers in case of heat exhaustion.
Keep children well-covered with high factor sunscreen, but be careful, remember that the weather can change very quickly, especially at the more elevated points of the course, so make sure you pack extra layers to keep warm, an umbrella to keep dry and pack some fresh fruit to keep you going.
Calderdale Council has a special section on their website with more information.