Heatwave warning issued as pensioner taken to hospital after collapse

PUBLISHED: 07:57 20 June 2017

Public Health England wants people to help the vulnerable during the heatwave.

Public Health England wants people to help the vulnerable during the heatwave.


An ‘elderly’ man had to be helped by medics after collapsing in the hot weather yesterday (Monday).

PHE heatwave advice

* Close curtains on rooms that face the sun to keep indoor spaces cooler and remember it may be cooler outdoors than indoors

* Drink plenty of water as sugary, alcoholic and caffeinated drinks can make you more dehydrated

* Never leave anyone in a closed, parked vehicle, especially infants, young children or animals

* Try to keep out of the sun between 11am to 3pm

* Take care and follow local safety advice, if you are going into the water to cool down

* Walk in the shade, apply sunscreen and wear a hat, if you have to go out in the heat

* Avoid physical exertion in the hottest parts of the day

* Wear light, loose fitting cotton clothes

* Make sure you take water with you, if you are travelling

Burnham Coastguard’s senior coastal operations officer was called to Berrow at 11.15am and along with members of the public helped look after the man.

A spokesman said: “He was suffering mostly from the heat, which when combined with any medical conditions can cause further issues.

“In this case he had passed out from the excessive heat which left him in a weakened state.

“We carefully assisted him into the back of the coastguard vehicle and ferried him to a local hospital a couple of miles away.”

Public Health England (PHE) has issued further advice to people to make sure they stay safe as temperatures reach 30C. UV levels are also extremely high.

It is urging people to drink plenty of water, stay cool, seek shade and wear sun cream.

Dr Angie Bone, head of PHE’s extreme events team, said: “Spells of hot weather like this are enjoyed by many of us, but they can make a very real impact on some people’s health.

“That’s why it’s so important we all keep an eye on those likely to be most at risk, people with underlying heart and lung conditions, older people and those with younger children.

“Some people in these groups may not be able to take steps to keep themselves cooler – so if you’re able, ask your friends, family and neighbours if they need any support.”

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