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Heatwave Message from Dorset Health Officials

Town Bridge

8:27am 16th July 2013

A message put out by health officials at Dorset County Hospital to ONLY visit A+E for major emergencies during the 'heatwave', seems to have worked.

While the emergency department was still busy with over 280 patients asking for treatment on Saturday and Sunday, numbers were down on the previous weekend.

A hospital spokesperson said the department was still extremely busy and wants to reiterate its request, as the hot spell continues.

As we reported a few days ago on Wessex FM, Dorset County Hospital put its 'Heatwave Resilience Plan' into operation, which priorities heat reduction measures for staff, patients, and visitors, with some staff wearing surgical gowns and fans put in some wards.

Director of Nursing at Dorset County Hospital Alison Tong told Wessex FM we're not used to these sorts of temperatures, so factor up and drink plenty of water: "You've gotta be careful out there! Go for a sun protection factor of 30 you'll still get a nice tan. You'll protect yourself for blisters and nasty burns that you can get as a result of too much sun exposure."

And if you're running about on Weymouth's golden sands or playing a game of footie down the park Alison says it's even more important to take precautions: "It's not just about rehydration, you lose salts and minerals through perspiration, so make sure you have an energy type drink near if you are exercising in the heat. Sometimes we forget how the sun can affect us so it's important to use plenty of factor and drink plenty of fluids".

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