Heat-Health Alert: resources for pharmacies

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UPDATE: 23rd-26th June

The UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) and the Met Office have issued a yellow heat-health alert across much of England. A yellow alert suggests an increased use of health care services by vulnerable populations and an increase in risk to health for over-65s or those with pre-existing health conditions.

The alert is currently in place until Monday 26th June.


7th-17th June

Following the UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) announcing heat-health alerts, Community Pharmacy England developed materials for pharmacy owners (our members) to use to support patients during this time.

The UKHSA issued an amber alert across the Midlands and the South of England, whilst other areas were subject to a yellow alert. An amber alert suggests there will be an impact across the whole health service as the effects of the heat are likely to be felt by the wider population, not just the most vulnerable. The alerts remained in place until 9am on Sunday 17th June.

The public may turn to community pharmacy teams for advice on staying well or for assistance if they are feeling unwell. We have therefore developed an infographic that members may wish to use.

The infographic could be displayed in your pharmacy or shared online as a way to help communicate messages from the Government’s Adverse Weather and Health Plan and the UKHSA’s updated guidance on staying safe in hot weather.


Resources

Infographic: Staying well in hot weather (PDF version)

Images of the infographic in jpg format: (click to enlarge, right-click to save image)

 

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