Chill out during heatwave, says ambulance service

People are being urged to take extra care as soaring temperatures are set to make it a busy weekend for the ambulance service.

The Met Office has announced a heatwave - expected to hit its peak in the east of England tomorrow - and the region’s paramedics are urging those making the most of the sunny weather to protect themselves against problems like sunstroke, heat exhaustion and dehydration.

Heatwave set to hit

Heatwave set to hit

According to the East of England Ambulance Service NHS Trust, those most at risk from the rising heat are the very young, older people and those with existing chronic or long-term medical conditions like heart and respiratory problems

The service warns that in extreme cases, excess heat can be fatal.

Director of clinical quality Tracy Nicholls said: “Our ambulance crews get busier attending patients who might have overdone it in the heat, so the public can really help protect themselves and reduce those calls by following some simple advice.

“Young children and babies are particularly vulnerable so try and keep them in shaded areas and make sure they wear hats and sun block.

“The warmer weather is lovely to enjoy, but people should remember that carelessness causes avoidable problems for people’s health.”

The Trust advises staying tuned to the weather forecast and planning ahead with supplies such as food, cool drinks, loose clothing and sun cream, as well as checking up on friends, relatives and neighbours who may be less able to look after themselves

Those planning a barbecue over the scorcher of a weekend are also advised take all the usual precautions, ensuring food is cooked thoroughly and accelerants are not used around the flames.

Additionally, the ambulance service warns that jumping into unsupervised lakes or rivers to cool down is risky and could easily end in a tragedy.