This plan is intended to provide generic response to adverse weather conditions including; cold, heatwave, flooding and snow/ice conditions which impact on the business continuity of the Trust (Patients and staff). This plan should be read in conjunction with departmental business continuity plans, which provide the standard responses to manage departmental service disruption.
The winter period sees a significant rise in deaths and an increase in illness during cold periods. It is essential that staff are aware of the harm to health from cold conditions. There is an increase in cold related illness at relatively moderate mean outdoor temperatures (4-8 Celsius).
Heat Wave Response
Heat waves are forecast to increase in frequency in the coming years; with climate change impacting on weather conditions including heat waves where extreme heat results in increased risk to delivery of safe care to patients. During a heat wave, if temperatures remain abnormally high (over more than a couple of days) it can prove fatal. The main causes of illness and death during a heat wave are respiratory and cardiovascular diseases. It is recognised that there will be an increase in mortality during hot periods; specifically among people aged over 75 years. Timely preventative measures (as described in appendices C & D) can reduce attendances to A&E, admission and excess death rates related to heat.
|Compiled by:||Claire O’Brien, Head of Emergency Planning and Resilience|
|Ratified by:||Trust Executive Committee|
|Date Ratified:||June 2021|
|Date Issued:||June 2021|
|Review Date:||December 2021|
|Target Audience:||All staff|
|Contact name:||Claire O’Brien, Head of Emergency Planning and Resilience|
- The National Cold Weather Plan (2020)
- Local Business Continuity Plans (2020)
- Internal Incident Plan (2020)
- Flu Plan (2020)
- Heat Wave Plan for England – PHE (2021)
- Energy & Climate Change Adaptation Strategy (2015)
- GOV.UK: Coronavirus