Emergency treatment

If you suspect someone has heatstroke, call 999. While waiting for the ambulance:

  • take the person’s temperature
  • if possible, move them somewhere cooler
  • cool them down as quickly as possible by giving them a cool shower, sprinkling them with water or wrapping them in a damp sheet, and using a fan to create an air current
  • encourage them to drink fluids, if they are conscious
  • give them a saline drip and oxygen if they are unwell
  • do not give aspirin or paracetamol.

Symptoms of heatstroke

  • confusion
  • disorientation
  • convulsions
  • unconsciousness
  • hot, dry skin
  • core body temperature exceeding 40ºC for between 45 minutes and eight hours