Sick Kids' Hospital Backs Winter 'Drink plenty water' Message

17 December 2018
Edinburgh Sick Kids Hospital backs Winter message

Getting the Message

Staff, patients and visitors encouraged to top up from the tap and drink more water this winter

NHS Lothian and Scottish Water have joined forces to encourage patients staff, and visitors at Edinburgh’s Royal Hospital for Sick Children (Sick Kids) to drink plenty of water this winter -– and told ‘Topping up from the Tap’ is not just something for summer.

As part of NHS Lothian’s Winter Zest Campaign, one of the top tips for winter is to drink lots of water as research shows most people do not realise they have to drink as much fluid in colder months compared to warmer months.

To support the campaign staff from Scottish Water visited the Sick Kids’ Hospital to hand out refillable water bottles and copies of its ‘Wee-o-meter’ chart which shows what colour your wee should be if you are drinking enough fluids.

Ann Fitzpatrick, Associate Nurse Director at the Sick Kid’s, said: “The cold and dry air can speed up dehydration. Although people sweat less in the cold it is harder to realise you actually need plenty fluids. So it is vital people drink plenty water.

“Here in Scotland we have some of the best drinking water in the world – its tastes great and it’s good for us. Roughly 60 per cent of your body is made up of water and it needs to be topped up all the time.”

Scott Fraser, Regional Communities Manager at Scottish Water, and Bill Elliot, National Stakeholder Manager at Scottish Water, share the winter message with Emma Dickson, Consultant Anaesthetist, (pictured) at the Sick Kids’ hospital.

Scott said: “Our message is clear, topping up from the tap is vital at this time of year.

“Our great tasting water fresh from the tap is good for you, the environment and your pocket.  Use a refillable bottle and enjoy Scotland’s water this winter.”

Signs you are not drinking enough water include a dry mouth, tiredness, fatigue, dry skin or scalp, headaches, dizziness and constipation.

The Food Standards Agency advises people to drink 6 to 8, 250ml glasses a day. Choosing to drink water over sugary or carbonated drinks helps to keep teeth, bones, hair and nails healthy.

Water is the main ingredient of all drinks, so they all contribute to your daily fluid intake, but drinking tap water is still the most effective and cheapest way of replacing lost fluids from your body.

Pic: Scott Fraser, Regional Communities Manager at Scottish Water, and Bill Elliot, National Stakeholder Manager at Scottish Water, share the winter message with Emma Dickson, Consultant Anaesthetist, at the Sick Kids’