Health warning as temperatures soar
PUBLISHED: 20:08 30 June 2009 | UPDATED: 14:30 05 October 2010
By Gemma Collins EAST Enders are being urged to keep cool this week as temperatures reach their highest in three years. As Tower Hamlets basks in the sunshine and the Met Office issues its first ever summer heatwave warning, paramedics have been worki
By Gemma Collins
EAST Enders are being urged to keep cool this week as temperatures reach their highest in three years.
As Tower Hamlets basks in the sunshine and the Met Office issues its first ever summer heatwave warning, paramedics have been working even harder to attend to patients suffering with the high temperatures.
And with more patients calling 999 because of breathing problems, chest pains, loss of consciousness and fainting, sun worshippers are being urged to take care when they are out and only call the London Ambulance Service in an emergency.
Paramedics took more than 10,600 calls at the weekend, an increase of nearly a fifth on the weekend before and attended to around 2,200 patients compared to 1,700 on the previous Sunday and Saturday.
And more calls are expected this week with temperatures expected to soar to 33C (91F).
The ambulance's Deputy Director of Operations Jason Killens said: "Hot weather can be very dangerous for the young, older people or those with serious illnesses.
"With the temperatures set to be high over the next few days, our priority will continue to be to respond to patients who are seriously ill or injured."
East Enders are being urged to wear a hat when sitting or working outside, use plenty of suncream and stay out the mid-day heat.
Patients with asthma and bronchitis should carry their prescribed reliever medication and those with hayfever should carry an anti-histamine
Contact your doctor, pharmacist or NHS Direct on 0845 4647.
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