Hospitals ‘seeing winter levels of activity’ – SAM president

As the UK heatwave continues, Dr Nick Scriven, president of the Society for Acute Medicine, said:

“Most of our hospitals are designed and built to keep patients warm throughout the year but in high temperatures they can become overheated rooms with little ventilation.

“This is bad for patients who even if they do not enter hospital dehydrated can become so but also for staff having to work in sweltering conditions.

“This is physically and mentally draining – the usual solution you see in wards is a desk fan or a wall mounted fan blowing the hot air around.

“Admission levels are high and some units saw winter levels of activity yesterday with a lot of respiratory symptoms presumably due to air quality.”

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