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Ambulance Service’s warm weather advice for Londoners

Londoners are being urged to take extra care in the sun as the current warm weather continues this week.

The London Ambulance Service’s control room took a total of 8,875 calls on Saturday and Sunday–an increase of more than 1,000 on the previous weekend.

Frontline staff were also kept busy, attending to eight per cent more patients reported to be seriously ill or injured than the weekend before.

In addition, large numbers of patients were treated for breathing problems, loss of consciousness and fainting, sickness and falls.

The Service is now reminding Londoners to only call for an ambulance in a genuine emergency.

With the above average temperatures set to continue for at least the next few days, the Service would echo some common sense advice from the Department of Health that may help prevent Londoners becoming casualties of the sunshine:

  • Some people are more at risk from the heat than others–for example, older people, babies and young children, and people with any pre-existing medical problems that can affect their breathing.
  • Try to keep as cool as possible–wear a hat when sitting or working outside and use plenty of suncream.
  • Drink plenty of water and avoid drinking alcohol in the sun.
  • Contact your doctor, pharmacist or NHS Direct (telephone 0845 46 47) if you are worried about your health. In an emergency, dial 999 for an ambulance.

Deputy Director of Operations Richard Webber said: “The weekend was very busy for both our control room and frontline staff, and as ever our priority will continue to be to respond to patients who are seriously ill or injured.

“With the warm weather set to continue over the next few days, we would urge people to take care when they are out and about in the sun.

“Anyone with minor conditions should consider other healthcare options, such as calling NHS Direct or visiting a minor injuries unit, NHS walk-in centre or local pharmacist. If they need to go to hospital for non-emergency treatment, they should use a taxi or get a lift from a friend or relative.”

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