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Heatwave Guidance – We are approaching a Level 3: HEATWAVE ACTION

The Met Office have issued another Heatwave Alert indicating that from 15:00 hours today (Thursday 5th July) there is a 90% probability of Heatwave.

 

Here is the Met Office Alert  >>>>>> Current watch level: Level 3 – Heatwave Action – There is a 90 % probability of heatwave conditions between 1500 on Thursday and 0900 on Monday in parts of England.

The very warm, locally hot, conditions are set to continue through the period, but especially over the weekend. The highest temperatures are likely to occur on Sunday in parts of southern, central, and western England.

Regional Information = Southwest England – 90% probability of a Heatwave (Level 3: Heatwave Action)

Comments = The very warm/locally hot conditions set to continue, especially into the weekend, with the highest temperatures likely in the east. Cooler around coasts.

Level 3Triggered when the Met Office confirms threshold temperatures for one of more regions have been reached for one day and the following night, and the forecast for the next day has a greater than 90% confidence level that the day threshold temperature will be met. This stage requires social and healthcare services to target specific actions at high-risk groups.

 During this period of time you should ensure the following is implemented >>

Commissioners of health and social care (all settings)Providers – health and social care staff in all settings (community, hospitals and care homes)Community and voluntary sector and individuals

Continue Level 2 Actions >>>

 

•communicate public media messages – especially to ‘hard to reach’ vulnerable groups

• communicate alerts to staff and make sure that they are aware of heatwave plans

• implement business continuity

• increase advice to health and social care workers working in community, care homes and hospitals

 

Commence Level 3 Actions >>>

 

• media alerts about keeping cool

• support organisations to reduce

unnecessary travel

• review safety of public events

• mobilise community and voluntary

Support

 

Professional staff (all settings):

 

Continue Level 2 Actions >>>

 

• check high-risk people have visitor/phone call arrangements in place

• reconfirm key public health messages to clients

• check client’s room temperature if visiting

 

Commence Level 3 Actions >>>

 

• visit/phone high-risk people

• reconfirm key public health

messages to clients

• advise carers to contact GP if

concerns re health

 

Community groups:

 

Continue Level 2 Actions >>>

 

• keep an eye on people you know to be at risk

• stay tuned into the weather forecast and keep stocked with food and medications

• check ambient room temperatures

 

Commence Level 3 Actions >>>

 

• activate community emergency plan

• check those you know are at risk

 

Individuals

 

Continue Level 2 Actions >>>

 

• stay tuned into the weather forecast

• check ambient room temperatures – especially those rooms where disabled or high risk individuals spend most of their time

• keep an eye on people you know to be at risk – ensure they have access to plenty of cool liquids

• look out for vulnerable neighbours

 

Commence Level 3 Actions >>>

 

• follow key public health messages

• check those you know are at risk

 

 

 

Care homes and hospitals:

 

Continue Level 2 Actions >>>

 

• check indoor temperatures are recorded regularly during the hottest periods for all areas where patients reside (see attached temperature recording sheet)

• ensure cool areas are below 26°C

• review and prioritise high-risk people

• ensure sufficient cold water and ice

• consider weighing clients regularly to identify dehydration and rescheduling physio to cooler hours

• communicate alerts to staff and make sure that they are aware of heatwave plans

• ensure sufficient staffing

• implement business continuity

 

Commence Level 3 Actions >>>

 

• activate plans to maintain business

continuity – including a possible

surge in demand

• check indoor temperatures are

recorded regularly during the hottest

periods for all areas where patients

reside (see attached temperature recording sheet)

• ensure staff can help and advise

clients including access to cool

rooms, close monitoring of

vulnerable individuals, reducing

internal temperatures through

shading, turning off unnecessary

lights/equipment, cooling building at

night, ensuring discharge planning

takes home temperatures and

support into account

 

As you may be aware the Heat-Health Watch Period commenced on 1 June 2018 and will run until the 15 September 2018.  The Met Office (link below) monitor the situation and periodically send weather updates / predictions to nominated DCC Officers who in turn may forward you information and requests for action should the need arise.

http://www.metoffice.gov.uk/weather/uk/heathealth/

The ‘Heat-Health watch’ system comprises of five  levels of response, based on regional threshold day and night-time temperatures as defined by the Met Office.

Threshold temperatures for the South West region are 30 degrees C daytime and 15 degrees C night-time.

Level 0: Long Term Planning – year round long tern planning, so that longer term actions (such as those linked to spatial planning and housing) are taken to reduce the harm to health of severe heat when it occurs

Level 1: Summer Preparedness – This is the minimum state of preparedness.

Level 2: Alert and Readiness – This is triggered as soon as the Met Office forecasts that there is a 60 per cent chance of temperatures being high enough on at least two consecutive days to have a significant effects on health.  This will normally occur 2–3 days before the event is expected.  As death rates rise soon after temperature increases, with many deaths occurring in the first two days, this is an important stage to ensure readiness and swift action to reduce harm from a potential heatwave.

Level 3: Heatwave Action – Triggered as soon as the Met Office confirms that threshold temperatures have been reached in any one region or more.  This stage requires specific actions targeted at high-risk groups.

Level 4: Major Incident – Emergency response – This is reached when a heat wave is so severe and/or prolonged that its effects extend outside health and social care, such as power or water shortages, and/or where the integrity of health and social care systems is threatened. At this level, illness and death may occur among the fit and healthy, and not just in the high-risk groups and will require a multi sector response at national and regional levels.


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