Hospital heatwave measures

Gail Byrne, head of patient safety at University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust, said: “Although we have not seen a significant increase in the number of emergency attendances or admissions yet, we have been preparing for the effects of a heatwave for a number of weeks to ensure our services continue to run as smoothly as possible during a sustained period of hot weather.

“Our staff are working extremely hard to ensure our patients remain well hydrated, cool and comfortable during their stay with us, but we also ask that people help us to keep temperatures down in busy wards and departments by limiting the number of visitors to two per patient.

“Additionally, patients attending hospital for outpatient appointments are urged to bring bottles of water or other fluids with them to maintain adequate levels of hydration.”

Posted on Thursday 18 July 2013