Climate change means that heatwaves and high temperatures are likely to become more common in England.
Anyone can experience heat-related symptoms but some people may be at higher risk of serious harm. They include:
and people with:
Planning ahead can reduce your own risk of getting ill and help protect anyone you know who could be vulnerable.
What you can do:
Contact a doctor, pharmacist or NHS Direct if you are worried about your health during a heatwave, especially if you are taking medication, if you feel unwell or have any unusual symptoms.
If you have these symptoms, rest for several hours, keep cool and drink water or fruit juice. Seek medical advice if they get worse or don’t go away.
In a clear medical emergency where a person is plainly seriously ill, telephone 999 or 112 and ask for ‘ambulance’.
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Brighton & Hove City Council and other partner agencies have worked together to finalise a local heatwave plan for the city.
National resources are available below.
Guidance for health professionals
All health care organisations will receive information from the PCT regarding changes in any heatwave alert levels, as detailed in the National Heatwave Plan. If you need further guidance or advice, please contact the emergency planning manager for your Trust, or (for GP surgeries), at the PCT.
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