Hot weather takes toll

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SHEFFIELD’S Accident & Emergency department saw an increase in the number of people attending for treatment as temperatures soared across the city at the weekend.

Both A&E at the Northern General Hospital and the Minor Injuries Unit at the Royal Hallamshire Hospital witnessed more patients than normal through the doors as people came down with minor ailments and injuries after taking part in summer activities.

There was also a surge in the number of elderly residents with respiratory problems who were struggling in the heat.

Dr Jeremy Wight, director of public health at NHS Sheffield, said: “It’s often good for our health to get out and enjoy the good weather and we usually end up taking more exercise.

“However, it’s important to remember to avoid illness and injury by looking after our health when temperatures soar.”

Richard Parker, deputy chief operating officer at the trust, said: “During the hot weather we have seen a lot of people turning up to A&E with minor ailments and injuries after taking part in summer activities. If someone is injured we would like them to fully consider which place is the most suitable for them to receive care.”

People can call their GP surgery for out of hours information. Contact NHS Direct on 0845 46 47 or visit the Walk In Centre in the Sheffield City GP Health Centre in Broad Lane.