With the high temperature set to continue throughout the week, the region’s ambulance service is advising people how they can beat the heat and stay safe.
During the weekend’s heatwave, the service saw a surge in 999 calls. Over a 72 hour period (15th-17th July), the East of England Ambulance Service NHS Trust (EEAST) received an average 3,370 daily calls, compared to an average 3,075 daily calls in what was our busiest period this year at Easter.
One of the Trust’s area clinical leads Dan Phillips said: “We are all happy to have some warm and sunny weather and want everyone to make the most of it, but enjoy it and not end up needing to call 999. Our tips are especially helpful for people to share with family or friends who may not be online or who need some extra support in their care.”
The service suggests the following tips to stay safe in the sun:
- Wear loose, cool clothing, and a hat and sunglasses if you go outdoors
- Stay out of the sun between 11am and 3pm if you’ve vulnerable to the effects of heat
- Stay in touch with friends, neighbours, and relatives who may be less able to look after themselves
- Drink cool drinks regularly such as water and avoid excess caffeine and alcohol
- Wear sun cream
Remember that if you need medical help and it is not an emergency, please call 111, the NHS non-emergency help line which is open 24 hours a day or see your GP or pharmacist.
Dan added: “It is important to also be extra careful around open water. Every year we are called out to incidents where people need help in lakes, rivers, ponds, quarries and canals and need emergency medical care. One poor decision could lead to a serious situation.”
Open water can contain a number hazards including unseen debris, near freezing temperatures and vicious undercurrents. The cold water can also numb your arms and legs which could lead to hypothermia – a serious reduction in body temperature.
Twitter users can now follow #999summer and the NHS campaign #staywell for more information and inspiration.