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July 11, 2022

Staying safe in hot weather as Bolton A+E remains extremely busy

  • Bolton NHS issues key tips to stay safe as temperatures soar
  • A&E continues to experience very high demand
  • People urged to follow advice and use most appropriate health service

Bolton NHS Foundation Trust is reminding people how to stay safe and well, and reduce pressures on local health systems, with temperatures forecast to soar this week.

Long periods of hot, sunny weather can see NHS A&E departments experience a rise in the number of people presenting with dehydration and sun stroke.

In an effort to reduce potential heat-related health conditions, people are being advised to follow NHS tips:

  • Look out for those who may struggle to keep themselves cool and hydrated – older people, those with underlying health conditions and those who live alone are particularly at risk
  • Stay cool indoors by closing curtains on rooms that face the sun
  • Drink plenty of fluids and avoid excess alcohol, take water with you if travelling
  • 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
  • Walk in the shade and apply sunscreen regularly
  • Avoid exercising in the hottest parts of the day
  • Never jump into or swim in open water (including reservoirs, rivers, canals and ponds). Follow local safety guidance and advice from Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service

‘Hot weather can have a significant impact’

The advice comes as Bolton A&E continues to experience very high levels of activity, with waiting times approximately more than four hours.

Rae Wheatcroft, Chief Operating Officer at Bolton NHS Foundation Trust, said:

We’re incredibly busy throughout the year, but long spells of hot weather can have a significant impact on our emergency services.

“We are always here to help if someone’s condition is an emergency or life-threatening.

“But please make sure you are seeking help from the most appropriate health services, using self-care options, pharmacy and NHS 111 online for 24/7 advice about the most appropriate care for less urgent conditions.

“This will help us make sure A&E and 999 ambulance services are available for those that need them the most.

For the most up-to-date waiting times, please visit Bolton NHS Foundation Trust’s website.

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