A Welsh health service is urging residents to take more care during the current hot spell as they are seeing a surge in A&E admissions for accident injuries and problems caused by the heat.
Health professionals at the Abertawe Bro Morgannwg University (ABMU) health board, covering the Swansea area, have seen an influx of people with sunburn, sunstroke and accident injuries caused by slips, trips and falls, particularly in the garden.
It is asking people who do not need urgent medical attention to see their GP or chemist as they face long waits at its busy A&E departments.
Andy MacNab, an ABMU emergency medicine consultant says people should
stay cool, keep out of the sun as much as possible and drink plenty of water during the hot weather.
Gardening accident injuries
He is urging gardeners to wear “sturdy footwear” when cutting or strimming grass to avoid accident injuries and certainly not wear flip-flops.
Sportsmen should make sure they use the right safety equipment, especially helmets to avoid sports injuries, Mr MacNab added.
He said older people are particularly at risk during hot spells because of dehydration, especially if they suffer from diabetes or take diuretics. He said A&E departments are seeing lots of frail people coming in who have collapsed or become unconscious.
Tests are needed to make sure that the heat is the real reason for their problems, Mr MacNab said.
He advises older people to keep cool, drink plenty of water and avoid alcohol during the heat this summer.
A spokeswoman for the ABMU health board said it has had to carry out emergency surgery on several gardeners who injured their feet and toes when cutting the lawn.
The treatment has meant a number of amputations and some people in Wales are being sent to the Welsh Centre for Burns and Plastic Surgery in Morriston Hospital for treatment.
Date Published: July 18, 2013
Author: David Brown