Heat-Health Alert raised to level 3 – updated NPA heatwave guidance available

17th June 2022

In this Spotlight:

The Met Office has raised the Heat-Health Watch Alert level to level 3, between midnight on Friday 17 June and midnight on Sunday 19 June.When the Met Office raises a Level 3 alert, it means that threshold temperatures for one or more regions have been reached for one day and the following night, and there is more than a 90 per cent chance that the threshold temperature will be met for the next day.

Excessive heat can be harmful to people and medicines. The NPA “Heatwave: guidance”, applicable to all home countries, is now available to help:

  • Ensure appropriate procedures are in place to minimise medicines exposure to excessive heat
  • Advise you and your pharmacy teams on which people are classed as ‘at risk’ of heat-related illnesses
  • Advise members of the public to prepare and cope with a heatwave
  • Advise members of the public on the effects of heat on health
  • Pharmacy teams deal with patients with suspected heatstroke
  • Identify medicines capable of increasing the risk of heatstroke in certain susceptible people
  • Pharmacy teams understand the Heat-Health Watch system (England only)

Further reading:

Please contact the Pharmacy Advice and Support team for further support:

CRN 22-06-S58
First published: 17/06/2022