Heatwave Plan for England the latest advice!!!

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Heat can be harmful to your health – key messages

  • In one hot spell in August 2003 in England, deaths in those aged 75 and over rose by 60%, with approximately 2000 total extra deaths than would normally be expected.
  • Those with heart, respiratory and serious health problems are more at risk and the heat can make these conditions worse. Babies and young children are also especially at risk.
  • Many prescription medicines can reduce your tolerance of heat. You should keep taking your medicines, but take extra care to keep cool.
  • Danger symptoms to watch out for in hot weather include: feeling faint and dizzy, short of breath, vomiting or increasing confusion.
  • Take immediate action if danger symptoms of heatstroke are present:


    • Cool down as quickly as possible (see the advice on the pages which follow)
    • Do not take aspirin or paracetamol – this can make you worse. Please note: do carry on taking all other prescribed medicines.
    • Seek further advice from NHS 111, a doctor, or ring 999 if the person has collapsed.


Further Reading

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