Top tips for staying cool while on shift this summer


Whatever your role within the NHS, clinical or non-clinical, it is important look after yourself while working during spells of hotter weather. 

We have complied some tips to help you stay cooler while working shifts throughout the summer months.


Stay hydrated

While obvious, this tip is by far the most important. Drink little and often throughout your shift, this will help keep you hydrated during the warmer weather. Don’t wait until you are thirsty to drink water as this means you are already dehydrated. Avoid fizzy drinks; water or squash are best or sports drinks that state that they can aid hydration are also a good option, if you need the extra energy during your shift.


Cut down on your caffeine intake

Caffeine has diuretic effects which can increase water loss and can lead to increased dehydration. If you don’t want to go without your morning tea or coffee, try having water alongside it or even replace with hot water and lemon.


Cool down

Personal fans and cooling mists are a good, quick way to help reduce your body temperature but another way to regulate your body temperature is by running your wrists under cold water for 30 seconds. In a setting where handwashing is so important, this is a really easy way to help keep you cool on shift.


Take breaks

Taking your designated breaks is always important, especially during the warmer weather. Try to sit somewhere that’s cool and well ventilated or if possible, get outside for some fresh air in a shady spot. The warmer weather can cause a lack of energy so taking a break can help you feel more alert and productive when you get back to work.


Stay out of the sun

Between 11am – 3pm is the hottest part of the day. It’s best to avoid being outside during these hours if you can. If it can’t be avoided, make sure to apply sun cream, wear a hat if possible, stay in shadier areas as much as possible and drink lots of water to avoid heatstroke.