Soaring heat in Northamptonshire saw 1,000 extra ambulance call-outs


Record breaking temperatures yesterday saw the ambulance service serving Northamptonshire called out to 1,000 more emergency calls than usual.

The East Midlands Ambulance Service (EMAS) said it saw a massive spike in 999 calls for people suffering with sunstroke, dehydration, heat exhaustion and breathing difficulties yesterday.

On an average day the service takes around 2,000, it says, but yesterday, Wednesday July 1, it was called out to around 3,000.

With demand set to remain while the hot weather continues, EMAS medical director Bob Winter is urging people “to take responsibility for their health and wellbeing.”

He said: “We want people to enjoy the weather, but to do so safely. Since yesterday we have taken around 48 calls for heat exposure and sunstroke, many of which could have been prevented.”

EMAS has issued the following top tips to enjoying the summer weather.

-Wear a sun hat and sunscreen to prevent burning or heat stroke.

-If you begin to feel unwell in the heat, take a sit down and rest inside and take a drink of water.

-If you still feel unwell after a time, you can get advice from your GP out of hours service, 111 or local pharmacy.

-Last year EMAS responded to 175 calls reporting ‘drowning’, so constantly supervise children and babies in paddling and swimming pools and don’t take the risk of swimming in dangerous waters such as rivers, lakes, ponds, or quarry water. Instead, cool down in your local leisure centre where swimming is supervised.

-If you are planning a journey, consider the unexpected such as breakdown or delays due to a road traffic collision and make sure you take your regular medication and plenty of water with you.

-Try to schedule a rest stop on route so you can have a drink and something to eat.