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Warm Weather Briefing

19 July 2016

As temperatures are expected to rise above 30 degrees over the next few days, a Heatwave Level 3 Alert has been issued from now through to Thursday 21st July.  The forecast is for very warm and humid conditions with overnight temperatures likely to remain in excess of 20°C.

HeatwaveAt risk patients

The groups who are particularly at risk of health problems when the weather is very hot include the very young, the elderly and people with pre-existing health conditions such as heart conditions or high blood pressure. 

Staff should be aware of the advice and guidance set out in the DH Heatwave Plan for England which can be found on the gov.uk website alongside other useful documents. 

Medicines

Crews should make every effort to maintain temperatures inside vehicles between 15°C and 25°C.

Medicines should not be used if:

  • Solution appears discoloured
  • Have been exposed to extreme prolonged heat
  • After a temperature excursion if temperature sensitive
  • Crews should take time to double check each medicine during high temperatures to detect any errors

 

Staff Welfare

Staff are reminded to consider their own welfare by drinking plenty of fluids, and try to stay cool and stay in the shade whenever possible.    

Operational crews should ensure they have access to water/fluids and keep themselves well hydrated.

Office/support staff should use air-conditioning or fans and open windows where possible. Keep windows shaded with blinds and if possible move your working position out of direct sunlight.   

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