The Met Office has now raised the heatwave alert to Level Three for the east of England and surrounding regions. This is because they expect temperatures to remain high for several days and nights, which could have an impact on the health of patients, particularly those at high risk (see the list below).
A heatwave can affect anyone, but the most vulnerable people are:
- older people, especially those over 75
- babies and young children
- people with a serious long-term condition, especially heart or breathing problems
- people with mobility problems – for example, people with Parkinson’s disease or who have had a stroke
- people with serious mental health problems
- people on certain medicines, including those that affect sweating and temperature control
- people who misuse alcohol or drugs
- people who are physically active – for example, labourers or those doing sports
The Public Health England heatwave plan can be found here which includes heatwave advice for healthcare providers.
General tips on coping in the hot weather can be found on the NHS website: https://www.nhs.uk/live-well
The CCG will continue to co-ordinate the system response including consistent messages to staff and public.
Assistant Director, Communications and Engagement
NHS East and North Hertfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group