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Heatwave advice for patients with respiratory problems

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New advice to help people with respiratory problems cope in a heatwave has been published by the Department of Health.

The ‘Heatwave Plan’ advises those with respiratory problems to stay inside during the hottest part of the day and states that windows should be kept shaded and closed when the temperature is hotter outside than inside.

Yvonne Doyle, regional director of public health at South East Coast SHA, said: ‘The heatwave plan urges carers to identify those most at risk before the hot weather begins.

‘Once level two, ‘Alert and Readiness’ has been triggered, those running care homes are urged to take extra care.

‘They should monitor indoor temperatures four times a day, prepare cool areas, ensure there are enough staff to keep residents cool, identify those at greatest risk and make sure everyone has access to cold water and ice.’

Alert levels for a pending heatwave are labelled from 1-4 as well as colour-coded as a traffic light system warning system.

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