Search

Heatwave drives huge increase in fainting incidents in Hackney as thousands flock to London Fields Lido

11:52 22 July 2013

Hackney residents flock to London Fields Lido to cool down

Hackney residents flock to London Fields Lido to cool down

Archant

Emergency services felt the heat this week as Hackney sizzled in soaring temperatures.

Ambulance staff reported a surge in life threatening incidents increase – up by 31 per cent – while it has also seen a 95 per cent increase in the number of people fainting in the borough since the start of the heatwave, which has been the longest since 2006.

Meanwhile, admissions at Homerton Hospital’s Accident and Emergency department have shot up 17 per cent to around 350 a day.

Ambulance operations manager Nick Yard said: “We always see a rise in 999 calls in hot weather; for a variety of reasons including people forgetting to keep hydrated and the heat making pre-existing conditions like asthma worse.

“I’d ask the people of City & Hackney to help us to respond to the most seriously ill and injured by only calling 999 in a genuine emergency.

“Anyone with a minor condition should consider other healthcare options such as visiting their GP, local pharmacy or calling 111.

“Among the types of calls that we have seen an increase in are patients with breathing problems, chest pains and fainting. Staff have also treated more patients with alcohol-related injuries and illnesses.”

A spokesman from Homerton Hospital said that visits to Accident and Emergency had gone up by 17 per cent during the heatwave with around 350 visits a day. He said: “We are seeing more patients coming to the hospital with respiratory problems which is often a by-product of a period of hot weather; a slight increase in the numbers of people coming into hospital with alcohol related problems and we are also seeing injuries from people being outside such as sprains and fractures from playing around in parks or pools, and DIY incidents.”

But thousands have also been basking in the spell of unusually hot weather, many of whom flocked to the London Fields Lido to cool down. The number of visitors to the 50 metre outdoor heated pool doubled this month compared to June – with nearly 2,000 a day visiting the pool between July 1 and 19.

A spokeswoman from Greenwich Leisure Limited (GLL), the organisation which manages the pool, said that they had seen 36,000 visitors to the outdoor facility. This compares to 24,500 visitors to the Lido in June.

But Del Bremner, spokesman for Friends of Regent’s Canal, warned against hot and bothered people jumping into the Regent’s Canal to cool down, saying: “Nobody should swim in the canal to cool off as the canal is very deep in places. People can get stuck down there. It’s a very dangerous place and there are no lifebuoys around the canal.”

Louise Bloor, co-founder of Hackney’s gourmet ice-pop company Urban Ices said demand had surged by 300 per cent. Ms Bloor said that they had sold hundreds of ice-pops in the last week and were working round the clock to keep up with demand.

A Tower Hamlets council spokesman said around 35,000 people had visited Victoria Park since the start of July, but Hackney Council said it was unable to provide any figures on the number of people visiting parks in Hackney.

0 comments

Latest Hackney News Stories

Yesterday, 18:11

West Ham fans wearing team colours have been banned from drinking after matches at the Crate Brewery, situated across the Lee Navigation canal from the Hammers’ new London Stadium.

Yesterday, 17:51

Police figures show the number of drivers who use mobile phones behind the wheel is on the rise.

Yesterday, 16:57

Whole Foods in Stoke Newington Church Street donated a cut of its profits to the chain’s charity as part of a national drive.

Yesterday, 16:55

Every week the Gazette will delve into its archives to see what was happening in Hackney 30 and 60 years ago. This week features an early court date for the Kray twins, back in 1956.

Yesterday, 14:33

A celebrity photographer found dead in his London Fields home earlier this year took his own life, a coroner concluded today.

Yesterday, 10:55

A man is fighting for his life after falling from a building in Hoxton this morning.

Yesterday, 09:56

A homeless man had his small change and a suitcase full of artwork stolen by heartless thugs as he slept outside Clapton Overground station.

Friday, September 23, 2016

An eco-home, a school, a church and a nature reserve are just some of the contenders for a design award which will be chosen by the public.

Education and Training

cover

Read the
Education and Training
e-edition today

Read Now

Newsletter Sign Up

Most read news

HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists