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Heatwave and Summer preparedness programme

Just to advise that we have now entered the Heatwave and Summer preparedness programme, which is operational from 1st June 2022 to 15th September 2022. Please find attached the Heatwave plan for England 2022 – which highlights the system of heatwave alerts.

We know that hot weather and the heat can affect anyone, but some people run a greater risk of serious harm. Remember to think of those who may be more at risk from the effects of heat – these include the following:

  • older people, especially those over 75
  • babies and young children
  • people with a serious chronic condition, particularly dementia, heart, breathing or mobility problems
  • people with serious mental health problems
  • people on certain medications, including those that affect sweating and temperature control (for example, diuretics, antihistamines, beta-blockers and antipsychotics
  • people who are already ill and dehydrated (for example, from gastroenteritis)
  • people who misuse alcohol or drugs
  • people who are physically active (for example, soldiers, athletes, hikers and manual workers)
  • homeless people (Department of Health and Social Care, 2022)

 

Below are some key resources that may be useful during this period:

 

The current advice from the Met Office, in conjunction with the UK Health Security Agency, is:

“There are actions you can take to reduce the risk of harm to health from hot weather. These include staying out of the heat where possible, cool yourself down, keep your environment cool or find somewhere else that is cool, look out for neighbours, family or friends who may be isolated and unable to care for themselves; make sure they are able to keep cool during a heatwave, get medical advice if you are suffering from a chronic medical condition or taking multiple medications, make sure medicines are stored below 25°C or in the fridge (read the storage instructions on the packaging), carry on taking all prescribed medicines unless advised not to by a medical professional, but be aware that some prescription medicines can reduce your tolerance of heat and be alert and if someone is unwell or needs further help.

If you want more information about how hot weather can affect your health please visit www.nhs.uk. If you are concerned about your health or somebody you care for, advice can be obtained from Looking after yourself and others during hot weather (www.nhs.uk)NHS 111 or your local pharmacist.”

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