Heatwave: advice and guidance to our patients and visitors

King’s services during hot weather

Glaring sun in sky

We are currently experiencing a period of very hot weather, which is due to last for the next few days. With the temperature on Thursday (24 July) forecast to reach the high 30s Celsius, we are recommending patients and visitors travelling to King’s during this time to take precautions. Children, older people and the seriously ill are particularly at risk of health problems when the weather is very hot.

Limited and slower trains to our hospitals

Some of the train services that run into Denmark Hill, Bromley and Orpington stations – such as South Eastern Railway – have warned of a significantly reduced and slower service tomorrow (Thursday 24 July) due to the expected high temperatures, so please check before you travel.

Patients with appointments

We urge patients and visitors travelling to our hospitals over the next few days to bring a bottle of water to drink, wear loose and lightweight clothing, and to use sun-cream as appropriate.

If you are considering postponing your appointment due to the hot weather and travel disruption, please phone the number on your appointment letter to discuss your options.

The NHS website has more advice on how to stay cool during the hot weather.

For further information please contact:
Karen Welsh
Head of Communications
Extension: +44 (0)20 3299 3850