Heatwave: Woman taken to hospital after collapsing from heat exhaustion

The woman collapsed outside Battersea Fire Station

The woman collapsed outside Battersea Fire Station

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A 32-year-old woman was rushed to hospital after she collapsed from heat exhaustion outside Battersea Fire Station.

Thousands of people flocked to Wandsworth’s commons over the weekend to bask in the sunshine.

However, the heatwave brings its own perils and yesterday evening one woman collapsed from heat exhaustion.

Fortunately fire fighters were on hand to help when someone ran into the station alerting them that a woman had collapsed nearby.

The London Ambulance Service were also called and a spokesperson said: “We were called at about half past eight yesterday evening to reports of a person taken unwell in Este Road.

“Staff treated a 32-year-old woman and she was taken to St George’s Hospital.  She was fully conscious and breathing.”

Experts estimate that temperatures could reach 26C today as the heat wave continues.

Heat exhaustion and heatstroke can be really serious if they are not treated quickly.
Symptoms include

• very hot skin that feels ‘flushed’
• heavy sweating
• dizziness
• extreme tiredness
• nausea
• vomiting
• a rapid heartbeat
• confusion
• urinating less often and much darker urine than usual

A person with heat exhaustion should be moved quickly to somewhere cool and given water.


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