The Met Office has issued a level 3 amber Government heat health warning for parts of England between 0900 on Monday and 0900 on Thursday. This is just one tier below a level 4 ‘national emergency’, with officials warning sunseekers to stay inside between 11am and 3pm this week. In order to help protect health and reduce harm from severe heat the Government have issued a Heatwave plan for England.
Most of us welcome hot weather, but when it’s too hot for too long there are health risks. As the heatwave hits this week, make sure the hot weather doesn’t harm you or anyone you know. For more information, visit NHS Choices or view the Public Health England ‘Beat the Heat’ poster.
As part of summer planning all NHS organisations undertake several actions to ensure that advice, guidance and alerts and actions are in place during a heatwave. Hospitals have been told to brace themselves for an increase in admissions due to sun stroke, while members of the public have been asked to be vigilant with vulnerable and elderly friends and relatives. Bromley Healthcare teams will be working in accordance with this national guidance to ensure that our staff recognise the signs of heat exhaustion and also work to prevent the risks by following the tips for coping in hot weather.