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Hospital takes on extra staff to cope with DIY accidents

Published: 2 April 2009
As the Easter bank holiday looms the usual warnings of DIY accidents are issued.
Hospital takes on extra staff to cope with DIY accidents
But some hospitals have gone as far as to take on extra staff after expecting a rise in the number of injured DIYers.

Staff in the accident and emergency departments at both Epsom and St Helier hospitals in Surrey are calling on DIY enthusiasts to take care when making home improvements.

The Trust expects to see a rise in the number of people coming to A&E following the bank holiday and have arranged for extra staff to cover the busy period.

On average, the A&E departments at Epsom and St Helier hospitals see and treat 266 people every day, however last year they treated 308 patients on the day immediately after Easter.

Emergency medicine consultant at St Heliers, Carol Anne Johnson, said: "We often see more people at A&E immediately after bank holidays. There are a number of reasons why that could be, but we do see a lot of injuries that have occurred as a result of DIY accidents.

"We know that people want to make the most of their time off work, but we would encourage all DIY enthusiasts to plan what they're doing, make sure their tools are in good working order and not to be over-ambitious about what they can achieve."

Figures from the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) show that over 200,000 people per year are injured while undertaking DIY jobs at the homes.

Figures also show that more people are killed or injured using ladders than any other piece of DIY equipment, with more than 30,000 needing hospital treatment each year.


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