Take care in the garden this May Bank Holiday but know what to do in case of injuries

DIY and gardening accidents account for many thousands of hospital admissions every year.

Now GPs in Telford & Wrekin are asking people to make sure they are prepared in case of injury. It’s especially important as we head into another Bank Holiday with the gardening season in full swing.

Unfortunately, many people head for A&E when they could get more appropriate NHS help elsewhere.

Dr Jo Leahy, Chair of Telford & Wrekin CCG said: “Accident and Emergency departments often see people with cuts, sprains or other DIY-related problems during bank holiday weekends. Most of these can be treated at home and 24 hour NHS help is available elsewhere.

“Pharmacists can advise on a range of health conditions, and you can use them to top up your First Aid kit.

“NHS 111 is also able to offer free and confidential advice. If they think you need to go to A&E this is what they will tell you and if your condition is serious enough they will order an ambulance.”