Maxine Fennell

EXTREME HEATWAVE: APPEAL TO DENTAL EMPLOYERS TO PROTECT STAFF

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Hi #FIRST#,   As I am sat here writing this I feel like the Wicked Witch of The East...     Literally.... I am melting....

Hi #FIRST#,
 
As I am sat here writing this I feel like the Wicked Witch of The East...
 
 
Literally.... I am melting.
 
Having said that, I am lucky enough to be sat at a desk with a fan angled straight at my face.
 
My heart goes out to all Dental professionals who have to tolerate these insanely hot temperatures whilst on shift.
 
 
 
 
This is why it is so important that Employers take measures to protect Dental professionals.
 
 
 
And in turn, patients from the extreme heat we are experiencing.
 
 
This is the Met Office's first-ever 'red' warning.
 
 
With an 80% chance temperatures will exceed the current record high of 38.7C, and a 50% chance they will top 40C, said the meteorological service.
 
 
The UK Health Security Agency has also issued its first-ever level 4 heat health alert, which constitutes a national emergency.
 
 
Essentially, this means the heat wave is considered “so severe and/or prolonged that its effects extend outside the health and social care system”
 
 
Warning that “illness and death may occur among the fit and healthy, and not just in high-risk groups”.
 
The extreme weather will only intensify pressures on dental staff and it is vital that employers act.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Professional lead for public health, Helen Donovan, said:
 
“Employers across dentistry must do all they can to protect staff and patient health and wellbeing.
 
“Dental staff will be working through this heat to care for patients, many of whom are vulnerable to the heat.”
 
Staff should be provided with easy access to drinking water and frequent breaks and that changes to shifts patterns may be needed for some.
 
It raised particular concern about Dental staff who will be wearing heavy-duty PPE.
 
“If Dental staff do not have the time and resources to take care of themselves, the care they can give patients will be impacted," said Ms Donovan.
 
Ms Donovan said the public could “do their bit to help [dental staff ]” 
 
....by staying hydrated, avoiding strenuous exercise, protecting children from the heat, and checking in on vulnerable friends, family or neighbours.
 
Perhaps temperatures are rising in your current job?
 
Maybe you are considering alternative job opportunities.
 
If so, get in touch with the team today to book in your 15-minute discovery call to see what healthcare positions are available to you.
 
Speak soon,
 
Richard