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Hampshire Public Health heatwave message

The Met Office has issued a Level 3 Heatwave Alert for the South East Region, which means there is a 90 % probability of heatwave conditions up 2100 hours on Friday 19 July 2013 in parts of England.  The trigger level for the South East is 31 on two or more consecutive days and 16 during the night.

During a heatwave there are a few groups of people who are at higher risk of suffering  from severe health effects, these include babies and very young children, older people, people with pre-existing medical conditions such as heart conditions, diabetes, respiratory or renal problem, Parkinson’s disease or severe mental illness.  Also, those on medications which affect renal function, sweating or make the skin more sensitive to sunlight.  Some housing may also affect people’s ability to keep cool, such as living near the top of high rise flats or being homeless.

The Department of Health Heatwave Plan 2013 has some simple advice to help people cope with the heat.  These are particularly important for those in the high risk groups in order to avoid suffering ill-effects from the heat:

If you think you need, or someone you know needs medical help but it’s not a 999 emergency, call the ‘111’ NHS service that's being introduced to make it easier for people to access local NHS healthcare services in England. More information about the 111 service.

Further Heatwave plan information

 

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