Doncaster hospital’s ‘stay away’ plea after surge of injuries due to ice across borough today

Under pressure hospital bosses are urging people to stay away from A&E after Doncaster saw a surge of injuries due to ice today.

Thursday, 24th January 2019, 2:56 pm
Updated Thursday, 24th January 2019, 3:04 pm
Ambulances parked outside Doncaster Royal Infirmary's emergency department

Doctors are urging people to only visit the department in a genuine emergency because of a surge of injuries across the borough due to slips and falls.

The Donacster and Bassetlaw Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust has this afternoon issued a statement saying the Emergency Departments  are currently very busy. 

Ambulances parked outside Doncaster Royal Infirmary's emergency department

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It states: “Emergency Departments at Doncaster and Worksop are extremely busy

“Clinicians at Doncaster and Bassetlaw Teaching Hospitals (DBTH) are asking local residents to consider alternative health services as the Trust’s Emergency Departments are currently extremely busy.

“Due to the icy conditions this morning (24 January),  the Trust is currently caring for a large number of patients who have experienced slips, trips and falls which have resulted in injury.  The Minor Injuries Unit at Montagu Hospital in Mexborough is also experiencing higher patient attendance than usual.

“If you need medical advice or support, there are a number of services in Doncaster and Worksop such as your GP, local pharmacist, NHS 111 or the Doncaster Same Day Health Centre.

“Please only attend the Emergency Department if your condition is urgent and life-threatening and help to ensure that the service is available for those that need it most.”

For further information about health services in the area visit www.doncasterccg.nhs.uk/winterand follow the winter health campaign on social media with #doncasterwinter18.