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There's a warning that the hot weather is a putting a strain on our health services with a big increase reported in visits to A&E departments. There's also been a drop in the number of blood donations with special clinics being held to try to make up the shortfall.
The heat is affecting the number of blood donors coming forward says the Welsh Blood Service. Stocks have been 'seriously reduced' while patients undergoing surgery and receiving treatment for cancer and blood diseases are relying on donations. Three year-old Nancy's life was saved by donated blood.
The Welsh Blood Service say the heatwave means fewer donors are volunteering and stocks have been seriously reduced. It particularly wants O and A negative donors. Tracy Sampson of the Welsh Blood Service says patients are relying on donations.
A man has died after getting into difficulties while in a river on the Shropshire-North Wales border.
Emergency services were called to an isolated location near where the Rivers Dee and Ceiriog, merge near Chirk shortly before 7pm last night.
The man has not yet been named but is believed to be a 21-year-old from Shropshire.
A search was carried out involving officers from West Mercia Police and North Wales Police and the man was located in the water at around 7.50pm.
He was airlifted to the RoyalShrewsburyHospital where he was pronounced dead late last night.
Emergency surgery is being carried out on gardeners in Wales who have had severe trauma – including amputations – on feet and toes after accidents with lawn-mowers.
Hospitals in the Swansea area say they are also 'extremely busy' with people arriving with illness or injury linked to the heat spell.
Abertawe Bro Morgannwg University Health Board says many are arriving with painful, blistering sunburn while the elderly and frail are collapsing in the heat.
Health Boards in other areas are also sending patients with trauma injuries to the Welsh Centre for Burns and Plastic Surgery in Morriston Hospital for treatment.
Higher than normal numbers of older patients have also been admitted with hip fractures after falling while out and about.
Emergency Medicine Consultant, Andy MacNab said,"We would urge people to take great care during this hot weather. They need to stay cool, avoid sun burn and well hydrated. If they are using a lawnmower or strimmer, then they need to have sturdy footwear and not cut grass in flip-flops. "
The Welsh Blood Service is making an urgent appeal for donors particularly with type O & A negative blood to come forward and make a lifesaving donation.
It says the recent hot weather has affected the number of donors coming forward, seriously reducing stocks.
Patients undergoing surgery and receiving treatment for cancer and blood diseases, such as leukaemia, could be at risk of not getting transfusions they need.
The services says it cannot meet the needs of hospitals without the support of the people in Wales.
"At this difficult time we need their support more than ever", says Dr Geoff Poole at the Welsh Blood Service.
"Our blood stocks are at a seriously low level and we are making an urgent appeal for fit and healthy donors and those donors who have not donated for a while to come forward and help."
To increase their blood stocks the Welsh Blood Service is holding two special blood donation clinics at its headquarters in Talbot Green today Wednesday 17th and tomorrow.
To make an appointment call 0800 252266 or visit www.welshblood.org.uk
Wales' top doctor has said the hot weather is putting pressure on Accident and Emergency departments.
Dr Ruth Hussey said there has been an increase in patients suffering heat exhaustion, sun burn and minor injuries related to alcohol. Dr Hussey also urged older people - especially those with heart or lung diseases - to be careful.