NHS staff in Shropshire and Telford and Wrekin are ready for a busy weekend as the combination of the Easter Bank Holiday and predicted fine weather prompt people to head for their tool boxes and garden sheds.
And they are urging everyone to know where to get help for minor injuries before they start to drill, strim, hammer and dig.
DIY and gardening accidents account for hundreds of thousands of hospital admissions every year.
An estimated 220,000 DIY enthusiast are estimated to turn up at A&E every year. And around 90,000 people a year are injured in their gardens, many of them children – lawnmowers alone account for around 6,500 injuries (source: ROSPA)
Unfortunately many people head for A&E when they could get more appropriate NHS help elsewhere.
Steve Gregory, Director of Nursing at Shropshire Community Health NHS Trust said: “Bank Holiday is often a time when people like to dust down their tools and to do some DIY, and we often see people with cuts, sprains or other DIY-related problems. Most of these can be treated quickly by one of the county’s Minor Injuries Unit teams, rather than having to go to an A&E department.”
Shropshire’s Minor Injury Units in Oswestry, Ludlow or Bridgnorth can provide an alternative to travelling to A&E for anyone suffering from: cuts and lacerations; soft tissue injuries like sprains and bruises; foreign bodies in eyes, nose or ears; fractures that just need to be plastered; head injuries where the victim hasn’t become unconscious, burns and scalds.
The MIUs are open across the weekend and Bank Holiday and treat a range of conditions (except Whitchurch MIU which is temporarily suspended at the weekend and Bank Holiday and will reopen from 9am till 5pm on weekdays from Tuesday 22 April).
Other NHS help available over the Bank Holiday include:
- Pharmacies for a range of coughs and colds, aches and pains
- NHS111 – call 111 if you need medical care quickly, but it is not life-threatening and you don’t need an ambulance
- Shropdoc if you need out-of-hours advice from a GP, call 08444 06 88 88
Please remember that A&E and 999 are for urgent potentially life-threatening emergencies.
Emergency Medicine Consultant Dr Subramanian Kumaran, from The Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust, said: “Bank Holiday weekends can be busy times for A&E so we would urge people to take extra care while enjoying themselves over the coming weekend.
“Many people head to local A&E departments or dial 999 because they don’t know where else to go, however we are reminding people there are many different sources of professional advice and healthcare available for Shropshire people and you shouldn’t wait at A&E unless you really need to.”