Geelong’s first private emergency department is waiting to provide you with outstanding care should you need it while holidaying in the region this summer.
On very hot days at this time of year, people are at risk of heat stroke, which in some cases can be life threatening as the body’s cooling system breaks down and your core temperature rises.
Heat stroke can affect children when they become dehydrated after running around in the sun, or if they are left in a hot car.
It also affects the elderly, whose risk can be increased if they are on certain medications or if they don’t dress appropriately for the conditions.
An elderly person suffering heat stroke may be dizzy, disoriented or confused. They may complain of being thirsty, or suffering a headache or nausea. Often they may look flushed or pale.
It is important to move them out of the heat into a cool or air-conditioned environment. If their symptoms don’t improve, it is critical to seek medical advice. Heat stroke can be very serious for the elderly and often requires hospitalisation.
Be careful out there. If you do need help, come and see our caring and professional staff at the St John of God Geelong Hospital Emergency Department.
Voted Australia’s No.1 Emergency Department in the Press Ganey Satisfaction Survey for two consecutive years, 2015 & 2016.
St John of God Geelong Hospital Emergency Department Open 8.00am to 10.00pm, 7 days a wee
P 5226-8811 • 80 Myers Street, Geelong • www.sjog.org.au
St John of God Hospital