Revellers urged to ‘stay safe and healthy’ at T in the Park

Logo 20th Anniversary logo for T in the Park . Balado Fife'outside concert music festival  ( Tea in the Park )

Logo 20th Anniversary logo for T in the Park . Balado Fife'outside concert music festival ( Tea in the Park )

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Revellers have been given health advice ahead of this weekend’s T in the Park festival.

NHS 24’s Medical Director, Professor George Crooks OBE, is urging music lovers to think ahead and look after their health.

He said: “Summer festivals are great places to meet people and enjoy music with friends but try and remember to pack a few small items with you in case you do become unwell.

“Take some over the counter medication with you for stomach upsets or diarrhoea and take a simple painkiller such as paracetamol or ibuprofen.

“It is also really important to have sunscreen of SPF 15 or higher and antiseptic hand gel is always handy to have at outdoor events.

“Plan ahead and take some condoms with you to protect you from sexually transmitted infections.

“Also tampons, wet wipes and hay fever medication - if you are a sufferer - will always come in handy over the weekend.

“Don’t forget to take your asthma inhaler or any prescription medicine you need with you and keep it handy.”

Festival goers are reminded not to ruin the weekend for themselves and others by drinking far too much too quickly.

Try alternating soft drinks or water for alcoholic ones on a regular basis over the day and don’t forget to eat regularly.

You don’t want to miss out on seeing your favourite bands by feeling unwell with the effects of too much alcohol.

Professor Crooks said: “If you do become ill, go with a friend to the nearest First Aid area. Remember there is safety in numbers.

“Never leave your drink unattended, never leave friends on their own and don’t wander off by yourself. Organise a meeting point if you get split up and stay with people you know. “

For further summer health advice go to www.nhsinform.co.uk