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Video: Extra pressure on ambulance crews working through the heatwave

Ambulance services in the Midlands have seen a big increase in the number of calls because of the recent heatwave. Last month, West Midlands Ambulance Service dealt with more than 71 thousand.

On one day, they took more calls than on New Year's Eve. Yesterday, as temperatures reached 32 degrees, ITV News Central was with one crew as they responded to emergencies brought about by the hot weather.

ITV News Central would like to pass on thoughts and best wishes to Neil who underwent surgery on his hand yesterday and who gave us permission to film his treatment with the ambulance service.

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Emergency services braced for wave of 999 calls

Heat warnings in place Credit: Federico Gambarini/DPA/Press Association Images

West Midlands Ambulance saw a massive increase in 999 calls last weekend due to the hot weather, and they're expecting the same this weekend. Last week they had more than 3000 calls.

East Midlands Ambulance Service says their calls are up 15% on what they would expect from an average day.

The Royal Derby Hospital have put their heatwave plan into action - that means cool rooms are available for 'high risk' patients, temperatures are measured four times a day, and extra water is on hand.

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Tips for the elderly keeping cool in the heat

The elderly and carers must take extra care in the heat, care home Anchor Trust advised today, as temperatures continue to soar.

Carl Martin, Wellbeing Manager at Anchor’s West Hall has issued the following advice in keeping cool in the heat:

  • In the heat, older people should drink plenty of fluids.
  • Stay away from tea, coffee and alcoholic drinks as these are dehydrating.
  • Eat foods that retain water, so plenty of fruit, vegetables and salad.
  • Older skin has less elasticity so can be more sensitive to the sun - they should use a once a day suncream that is photostable.
  • Sun hats and sunglasses are a necessity.
  • It is important to check in on elderly neighbours and friends in the heat.
  • Hot weather can be as dangerous as cold weather.
  • Enjoy the sun in moderation.
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Sales of paddling pools and deodrants soar in heatwave

Sales of dog paddling pools, deodrants and ice lollies are all soaring as the heatwave looks set to enter another week.

  • Sales of deodorants were up 17.5 per cent according to Superdrug
  • Amazon said sales of dog paddling pools had surged while a brand of dog sun wipes were up by 295 per cent
  • Sales of ice lollies increased by 310 per cent, according to Waitrose

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Map of heatwave warnings

Heatwave is here to stay Credit: Met Office

The Met Office say the West Midlands is likely to be the most affected by the heatwave over the next 24 hours.

They've increased their warning from level 2 to level 3. Level three means action needs to be taken by healthcare providers to target high-risk groups like the elderly.

The East Midlands remains on level 2 alert.

The West Midlands heatwave warning level rises

The Met Office has elevated the West Midlands from level 2 to level 3 on its heatwave weather warnings scale. The East Midlands and Yorkshire remain at level 2.

The Met Office says heatwaves can be dangerous, especially for the very young, very old or those with chronic diseases.

If you want more information about hot weather and your health please visit www.nhs.uk.

If you are concerned about your health or somebody you care for, please contact NHS Direct on 0845 4647,www.nhsdirect.nhs.uk or your local pharmacist.

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