Heatwave puts hospital on alert

Heatwave puts hospital on alert

Heatwave puts hospital on alert

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A SOUTHAMPTON hospital is on red alert as hot weather plays havoc across the county.

High numbers of people are rushing to Southampton General’s emergency department, stretching staff and causing long waiting times.

Now consultants are urging people with sunburn to stay away after an influx of cases added to the workload.

Dr Diana Hulbert said the main cause of the red alert was an increase in trauma incidents – but that hot weather – in particular sunburn – has played a part.

She said: “We have not had much in the way of dehydration which we sometimes see in the late summer, but we are getting some people coming in with sunburn.

“Particularly we are getting more small children in with sunburn and they get very stressed out by it and do not realise how simple it can be to deal with. It can be remedied without coming into hospital.”

Black alert is the worst case scenario when appointments and operations are cancelled and patients face long waits for beds.

As reported by the Daily Echo, the General launched a specialist trauma centre in 2012 and Dr Hulbert believes the quality of its care means more traumas are coming in from other counties.

She said: “There has been an unusual rise in major trauma and we have had some cases in from other regions. If you become good at something you do become a magnet because people know we do a good job.”

But even trauma cases can be traced back to the hot weather with more people injured in road crashes and suffering falls while trying to enjoy the sun, according to hospital staff.

South Central Ambulance Service has also issued warnings about staying safe in high temperatures.

The service has dealt with 12,354 call outs so far this month, 300 more than last year, and is urging people to keep hydrated, stay out of the sun if concerned and use factor 15+ sunscreen and avoid leaving children and pets in cars.

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10:48am Tue 22 Jul 14

espanuel says...

Keep out of the sun from 1pm till 5pm and drink plenty of water.
Keep out of the sun from 1pm till 5pm and drink plenty of water. espanuel
  • Score: 5

11:45am Tue 22 Jul 14

sparkster says...

exactly espanuel, if people were to slap on more sunscreen, wear sunhats etc it my help reduce sunburn and put after sun cream on. There is no point clogging up hospitals with sunburn, some not all can be easily prevented with common sense.
exactly espanuel, if people were to slap on more sunscreen, wear sunhats etc it my help reduce sunburn and put after sun cream on. There is no point clogging up hospitals with sunburn, some not all can be easily prevented with common sense. sparkster
  • Score: 7

1:26pm Tue 22 Jul 14

smith62 says...

Simple answer to it, don't get sunburned!!
Simple answer to it, don't get sunburned!! smith62
  • Score: 1

1:31pm Tue 22 Jul 14

sparkster says...

agreed nobody with any common sense need get sunburned. I got sunburned once, it was my own fault and I havent let it happen since
agreed nobody with any common sense need get sunburned. I got sunburned once, it was my own fault and I havent let it happen since sparkster
  • Score: 3

2:22pm Tue 22 Jul 14

IronLady2010 says...

Can't they just put a Pharmacy in the A&E department, i'm sure most chemists can treat people with over the counter medication rather than wasting hospital staff time.
Can't they just put a Pharmacy in the A&E department, i'm sure most chemists can treat people with over the counter medication rather than wasting hospital staff time. IronLady2010
  • Score: 1

3:48pm Tue 22 Jul 14

sparkster says...

Yes I agree it's as bad as going to A&E with stomach upsets/flu, I think if more people used the pharmacy it would free up A&E for emergency cases
Yes I agree it's as bad as going to A&E with stomach upsets/flu, I think if more people used the pharmacy it would free up A&E for emergency cases sparkster
  • Score: 1

9:46pm Tue 22 Jul 14

Rob444 says...

sparkster wrote:
agreed nobody with any common sense need get sunburned. I got sunburned once, it was my own fault and I havent let it happen since
There's not a lot of common sense around these days.
[quote][p][bold]sparkster[/bold] wrote: agreed nobody with any common sense need get sunburned. I got sunburned once, it was my own fault and I havent let it happen since[/p][/quote]There's not a lot of common sense around these days. Rob444
  • Score: 3

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