Visiting our hospitals in high temperatures

If you are visiting one of our hospitals during periods of particularly high temperatures, please make sure that you are prepared.

Many of the Trust’s buildings are very old and do not have the same standards of air conditioning and cooling as modern buildings do.

We suggest that you bring plenty of water to drink during your visit and wear light, loose fitting cotton clothes if possible. You should also consider giving yourself extra time to make your journey to hospital and check your travel plans in advance.

Visitors to our accident and emergency (A&E) departments may experience longer waits than usual due to increased demand caused by the heat. If your condition is not life-threatening you can visit one of our urgent treatment centres at St Mary’s, Charing Cross or Hammersmith hospitals, visit your GP or go to or call 111, which will direct you to the best local service.

For more advice on advice on managing in the heat visit Public Health England’s website.