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Excess deaths due to heat highest since 2004

Liz Blamire

17th October 2022

The UKHSA and ONS have jointly authored a report on excess deaths due to the heatwaves we experienced this summer.

The UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) and Office for National Statistics (ONS) collaborated to produce a very detailed report - Excess mortality during heat-periods: 1 June to 31 August 2022

It shows that daily death occurrences peaked on the hottest days of the year. Excess deaths on these days were around 6.2% higher than the five year average. Certain groups were more vulnerable, with around 3,000 more deaths in the over-65s this year than is usual.

What does 'excess deaths' mean?

Also know as 'excess mortality', this is a term that refers to the number of deaths from all causes during a crisis, such as a heatwave, above and beyond what is expected under ‘normal’ conditions. To decide the excess mortality figure, deaths for a period of time are compared to five year averages.

Excess mortality is one of the key ways that we continue to measure the impact that Covid-19 is having.

Liz Blamire

Liz is the current tutor2u subject lead for Health and Social Care. She is a former NHS midwife, who has worked in community, birth centre and acute hospital settings. Liz is an SSAT Accredited Lead Practitioner, who has taught Health and Social Care in FE and secondary schools, where she was a successful HOD. Liz is an experienced senior examiner and author.

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