It’s been announced that we are officially in Britain’s longest heatwave for the past 20 years, and whilst the majority of people will be enjoying the sunshine, unfortunately, with this extra heat brings a surge of 999 emergency calls.
Over the past couple of days, emergency services have seen a dramatic uplift in calls all over the country with the most common complaints being from people experiencing sunstroke, dehydration, heat exhaustion, fainting, becoming unconscious and experiencing breathing difficulties.
All ambulance services have been urging people across the country to take responsibility for their own health and wellbeing and those of others. The heat has been particularly affecting the elderly, young children and those with serious conditions especially relating to the heart or with breathing problems.
WMAS (West Midlands Ambulance Service) Assistant Chief Ambulance Officer, Michelle Brotherton urges the public to take extra care of those who have been particularly affected, “We would, therefore, urge the public to look out for their loved ones, but also elderly neighbours who might be finding the current weather tough.”
The heat wave has led to increased pressure on Ambulance Services to meet call out targets because of the high level of ambulance call outs. They are asking that anyone with non-life-threatening conditions call 111 for early guidance or make their own way to the hospital. As one of the most high-risk groups, the elderly are advised to keep hydrated and take precautions to reduce the likelihood of a fall, one of the most common reasons for a hospital admittance.
Keeping yourself safe in the sun:
If you are uncertain whether you need an ambulance then please dial 111 for quick and reliable medical help and advice.