Concerns over health as sweltering heat set to continue despite storm forecasts

Had trouble sleeping last night? That’s the least of some people’s worries as the heat continues to drive some hospitals to crisis point.

Large numbers of people have been attending some A&E as higher temperatures increase the probability of dying from cardiac, kidney and respiratory diseases for some, with associated higher air pollution also posing a risk.

Nurses are now becoming patients themselves due to the heat. We have heard from one member who ended up in A&E suffering from dehydration after working 12-hour shifts back to back in temperatures exceeding 30C.

Others have reported exhaustion, sickness and dizziness. This is not acceptable. Good patient care depends on nurses and clinical support assistants being well enough to perform their jobs effectively.

Friday is predicted to be the hottest day on record, yet most NHS hospitals don’t have air conditioning. Managers must ensure staff and patients are protected so that the extreme heat doesn’t become intolerable

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Phew, good morning and welcome to the Guardian’s live coverage of the heatwave that has gripped Britain after the mercury reached 35C (95F) on Thursday in Heathrow, west London.

Predictions that an all-time record of 38.5c could be exceeded in south east England today look like they’re not going to be realised after all now after the arrival of thunderstorms earlier than expected.

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