Government issues heatwave guidance

    The government has issued advice to social workers, health
    professionals and care home staff on caring for patients during a
    heatwave.

    As the temperature in many parts of the UK hit 30 degrees last
    week, the guide was being distributed to GP practices, care homes
    and voluntary groups, highlighting the precautions professionals
    should take to reduce the impact excessive heat has on frail groups
    of people such as the over-75s, young children and those with
    mental health problems.

    It suggests keeping curtains and windows closed in care homes while
    the temperature outside is higher than it is inside. Residents
    should be discouraged from physical activity during the hottest
    part of the day.

    The chief medical officer’s contingency plan recommends that, in
    the most severe heat, social services departments and primary care
    trusts identify those most at risk so they can be assessed for any
    additional care and support they might need.

    – Heatwave plan and guidance from www.doh.gov.uk

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