By in Personal

Yes, it is warmer in my unheated house than in my aircooled office...

Yes, it is in my house than in the super-airchilled office where I spend my days.

This morning I put my on by 9.30am. 10.30-11.00am is when my sugar begins to drop and I always get cold, but this was worse than that. Lunch is at 12 noon so that explains that. But sitting there shivering in a downdraught of air from one of the vents half an hour after I had just come in? PER-lease...

There is a vent in a side wall above my head which is pumping out air in a jet stream. There is another in the ceiling outside the door which may as well be a spotlight, so directional is the stream of cold air it blows.

My poor colleagues ( melody23 will sympathise) are required to be 'bare below the elbow' (wearing short sleeves when patient-facing all year round), so to them, my office is worse than the inside of a . In fact, I have a suspicion that the inside of a glacier might actually be warmer.

I hear that the wards are , but we need because the machines get hot and will if not cooled. The machines are fine. The rooms are warmer than my office, already. I'm not a machine. I'm a human being with a high tolerance to hypothermia. Why am I sitting in my office in two long sleeved items shivering??

(As an afterthought, I am now sat at home in my unheated house and my fingers are warmer than they were in the office two hours ago.)

Image Credit » by Hans at Pixabay, Public Domain under CC0 Licence

You will need an account to comment - feel free to register or login.


Kasman wrote on December 4, 2014, 3:14 PM

I have always understood that there is legislation about temperatures people are expected to work in - especially for a sedentary job - not too hot, not too cold. What do management say?

WordChazer wrote on December 4, 2014, 3:55 PM

I don't know. I've worked in colder places (when I was on a construction site office in Portakabins in the depth of winter it was so cold the pipes froze daily) but this is a HOSPITAL. It ought to be warmer, because we have seriously ill people around. I might take my thermometer in tomorrow and see just how cold it is in my office. There are minimum temperatures below which you should not be in a sedentary job, but no maximums. Not that it's exactly boiling in the summer, either. I have reported the draughtiness to Facilities and await response. I can't see any means of controlling the temperature of the air streaming in, which makes me wonder if they are the dreaded fresh air vents.

melody23 wrote on December 4, 2014, 3:57 PM

The wards in the hospital I do most of my shifts in are unbearably warm most of the time, its an old Victorian building that still has most of the old oil heating pipes running through it. I used to have to pick up my payslips in a room right next to the boiler room and the sweat would be pouring off you quite literally the second you entered the stairwell to go down there. My favourite part of the hospital is the CT scanning room, as you know these machines are really temperature sensitive and they have fancy temperature controls in there to keep it cool, I am always volunteering to do patient escorts to CT. However if I had to sit there all day I am sure I would feel differently, I hate the cold as a general rule.

In my case its bare below just below the elbows, my student uniforms are a ridiculous size. The arms are huge, like really huge and yet the length of the top is perfect, they are a little loose but I don't complain about that part. I wonder if they were designed for people with ridiculously long arms or if my arms are ridiculously short? Weird enough, my band 2 uniforms (i'm on the bank) are an almost perfect fit, despite being the same size as my student ones.

You should mention the freezing temperature to estates, I am not saying they will do anything I know what they are like but its worth a try.

WordChazer wrote on December 4, 2014, 4:57 PM

I put my ticket in to Facilities just before I left this evening. I know I've not been well lately but today was probably the coldest day yet in the office. I have no objection to fresh air but does it have to blast in at the speed of light??

melody23 wrote on December 4, 2014, 5:42 PM

I always find that its too much one way or the other, parts of some hospitals are freezing to the point where you are sure you can see your own breath, then other parts are so warm you kinda wish there was an NHS issue bikini you could wear. Well I maybe wouldn't go that far but you get the point.

celticeagle wrote on December 4, 2014, 8:21 PM

You should have been here the other day when we got our new mattresses and the kids were trying to get the old ones down the stairs and out the door. The way the ceiling is built it is difficult to say the very least. So the door was left open quite a while. Burrr! I have just gotten the heat regulated the way wanted it in my room. I bet if you got up quite often and moved around you might find it more comfortable. And wearing layers is the smart way to go.

scheng1 wrote on December 4, 2014, 9:12 PM

Poor thing, you will look like a frozen turkey by the time you end your workday.

WordChazer wrote on December 5, 2014, 3:17 PM

Trouble is that I dress for the subglacial temperatures which I encounter in my office then overheat whenever I go anywhere else on campus. Our CT area is well airconditioned, so the staff there often say they find it cool. But my room is a special circle of hell, I think. I had one of the consultants in there earlier with her beautifully contagious cold too. Now I feel really rough again, having thought I'd avoided the worst of it from my husband earlier in the week too.

WordChazer wrote on December 5, 2014, 3:19 PM

I have three layers on at all times at this time of year and my biggest, baddest DMs to keep my feet warm too.

WordChazer wrote on December 5, 2014, 3:21 PM

And feel like one too, scheng1 . Glad I chose not to go out with the girls tonight. I feel right rough after two days of sitting in a draught and my colleagues all breathing cold germs all over me.

celticeagle wrote on December 5, 2014, 11:10 PM

I'd be eating some chilis or something too I think. Hehe

AliCanary wrote on December 5, 2014, 11:39 PM

It is NOT right to force employees to be under this kind of constant stress. I've worked in uncomfortably cold offices before, and it is really miserable. They need to do something to alleviate the problem!

WordChazer wrote on December 6, 2014, 9:36 AM

On the menu for tomorrow night when I'll have my friend here to help cook it and two hungry men to help eat it (my husband and her partner).

WordChazer wrote on December 6, 2014, 9:41 AM

It was a bit warmer on Friday but only for about half an hour. I'm used to the cold and would rather things erred on the cool side than the hot, as I can always wrap up but once I've taken off the last layer, I can't make myself any cooler. I have pretty good internal central heating, especially at my current age, and am well known for sitting down here in the depths of freezing winter nights typing furiously, wrapped up in several layers and wound up in a fleece throw blanket. But that's willingly at home rather than having to maintain some kind of decency at work. Hopefully the workmen will be able to sort something out next week for me.

Ruby3881 wrote on December 19, 2014, 1:56 AM

I remember working in the air conditioned hospital. I would leave home in short sleeves at 10 pm, and I'd put a sweater on at the front door of the building before the wall of cold hit me. Then I'd ride the elevator up to the ward, and switch from the sweater to a long-sleeved cotton blouse that I wore over my uniform. The main floor was like a meat locker, but because our patients were elderly the temperatures upstairs were mercifully a bit warmer. Working overnight, we didn't move a lot and our bodies would get cold from being tired. I tell you, I went to the restroom with great frequency in those days....

WordChazer wrote on December 19, 2014, 3:37 PM

They took the hint and notched the heating up a bit in my area, so I've not had to wear the fleece since, even earlier this week when it was decidedly seasonal outside.

BeadDoodler wrote on February 22, 2015, 2:55 PM

That sounds like Christmas at Holland Gardens where I used to work. 300 lighted Christmas trees in the show rooms required air conditioning and the vent in the office didn't close, so we froze. Glad your home and relatively warmer.

WordChazer wrote on February 22, 2015, 4:06 PM

Estates finally found the problem after I moaned constantly for a further month. Firstly there was a heating element which had been corroded by a leak no one had found so it had ceased to work. Then there were the missing pipes which were SUPPOSED to be giving us heat into that area of the office but which had been removed during previous works and never replaced, so I was right - it was fresh air being blown straight in from outside though holes in the wall.