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Health warnings amid heatwave

Wales' top doctor is warning people to stay safe in the heat. A&E departments are seeing a rise in patients suffering from heat exhaustion, sunburn and alcohol related injuries.

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Hospital amputating toes after mower accidents

People are losing toes and injuring feet while using their lawnmowers in bare feet and flip-flops. Credit: PA

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. "

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