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Impact of climate change on hospital admissions: a case study of the Royal Berkshire Hospital in the UK

Israelsson, J. ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-6181-1702, Charlton‐Perez, A. ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-8179-6220 and Sun, T. ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-2486-6146 (2022) Impact of climate change on hospital admissions: a case study of the Royal Berkshire Hospital in the UK. Meteorological Applications, 29 (4). ISSN 1469-8080

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To link to this item DOI: 10.1002/met.2084

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Abstract: Global warming is projected to have major implications on global health. It is however not yet clear how this will translate to impacts on the healthcare system. By linking changes in temperature with changes in required bed days at a hospital level, through the use of a simple bed model, we quantify the projected impacts UK hospitals will need to adapt to. We show that there is already a local peak of bed days required in the main summer months due to hot temperatures. The results further show that there will be a significant increase during the main summer in both the mean and maximum number of beds needed, but a non‐significant decrease during the peak winter months. These changes lead to a more constant need of care of the year and shift the seasonal cycle of lowest hospital needs.

Item Type:Article
Divisions:Science > School of Mathematical, Physical and Computational Sciences > Department of Meteorology
ID Code:106502
Uncontrolled Keywords:RESEARCH ARTICLE, RESEARCH ARTICLES, admissions, health systems, heat morbidity, impact
Additional Information:** Article version: VoR ** From Wiley via Jisc Publications Router ** Licence for VoR version of this article: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/ ** Journal IDs: issn 1350-4827; issn 1469-8080 ** Article IDs: publisher-id: met2084 ** History: published 28-07-2022; published 07-2022; accepted 12-06-2022; rev-recd 09-05-2022; submitted 27-02-2022
Publisher:John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

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