GPs to protect patients vulnerable to heatwave

GPs need to ensure vulnerable patients on their registers have arranged daily contact with a friend or relative, DoH heatwave guidance now advises.

With temperatures expected to reach 32°C in parts of the UK, the Met Office has raised the heatwave alert level from ‘summer preparedness’ to ‘alert and readiness’ (level 2).

This indicates that there is a 60% chance that threshold temperatures will be reached for two or more days.

Health workers need ensure that those at high risk in hot weather, including the very young, older people and those with serious health problems, have been identified.

They should also check that arrangements are in place for friends or relatives to visit or telephone those at risk daily during the heatwave.

Throughout the summer, the Health Protection Agency will monitor the number of GP consultations for heat-related illness and provide weekly updates to the DoH.

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