People are being urged to take care around the home and garden this Easter. The Easter break often sees a spike in accidents around the home and garden caused by a combination of the long Bank Holiday weekend, school holidays, longer days and (hopefully) improving weather.
Everyone needs to be careful, but children aged under five and adults aged over 65 are most at risk.
Every year in the UK*:
- More than two million children aged 15 or under are taken to A&E as a result of accidents around the home
- Falls are the single most common cause of household hospital admissions, with risk generally increasing with age for adults
- Around 25,000 children are admitted to hospital after being accidentally poisoned, often by products used for cleaning or gardening
- An average of 13 children a day aged under four are taken to hospital suffering from burns or scalds. Because children have more delicate skin a hot drink can still scald a child 15 minutes after it’s made
- Every year around 4,000 children are admitted to hospital after falling down the stairs at home, while a similar number fall from windows
- The annual cost to the UK economy of household accidents is estimated over £45 billion
Andrew Thomas, Head of Nursing and Quality at Shropshire Community Health NHS Trust, said: “Holiday periods always see a rise in domestic accidents so we really would urge people to be careful and know how to get appropriate help or treatment if they do have an accident. A trip to the pharmacy to stock-up on First Aid items and over-the-counter remedies such as antiseptic and painkillers is also a good idea, but local Minor Injury Units in Ludlow, Bridgnorth, Oswestry and Whitchurch can also provide comprehensive care over the Bank Holiday period for any minor accidents.”
There are holiday pharmacy rotas operating in Shropshire and Telford & Wrekin. Copies are attached.
Help and advice is available 24-hours-a-day by ringing NHS 111 (just dial 111) for free.
Patients can also call the out-of-hours GP service, Shropdoc, when their own surgery is closed on 0333 222 66 55.
Easter MIU Opening Times
Friday: 8am – 9.30pm
Saturday: 8am – 9.30pm
Sunday: 8am – 9.30pm
Monday: 8am – 9.30pm
Friday: 8am – 8pm
Saturday: 8am – 8pm
Sunday: 8am – 8pm
Monday: 8am – 8pm
Friday: 8.30am – 6pm
Saturday: 8.30am – 1pm
Sunday: 8.30am – 1pm
Monday: 8.30am – 6pm
More information on the website at www.shropscommunityhealth.nhs.uk/miu