Hot weather leads to increase in hospital care

PUBLISHED: 17:27 04 October 2011

Heatwave in October on Weston beach and  in the sea.

Heatwave in October on Weston beach and in the sea.

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THE sunshine may have seen more people flock to the beach than usual but it also led to more heading to hospital, with admissions twice as high as normal.

The unseasonal high temperatures of more than 25C encouraged thousands to head outside and make the most of the sunshine.

But the scorching heat did result in a number of health problems and Weston General Hospital took in more than 100 patients on Sunday and Monday, whereas normally they would take in only half that.

Eric Gatling, director of emergency services for Weston Area Health Trust (WAHT), said they admitted more patients than Bristol Royal Infirmary but assured board members at Tuesday’s meeting the hospital was able to cope with the added demand.

A spokesman for Great Western Ambulance Service said they had noticed a ‘significant’ increase in the number of call-outs because of the weather.

He said the elderly were particularly vulnerable with the heat exacerbating health conditions that some patients already had and contributing to several falls.

Nick Gallegos, the WAHT’s executive medical director, said that a large number of patients were tourists making the most of the sunny weather.

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