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People are being urged to take care around the home and garden across Herefordshire 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
Simon Hairsnape, Accountable Officer at Herefordshire Clinical Commissioning Group 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 Herefordshire Walk-In centre, the Taurus GP hubs and Ledbury Community Health & Care Centre also provide comprehensive care over the Bank Holiday period for any minor accidents.”
Help and advice is available 24-hours-a-day by ringing NHS 111 (just dial 111) for free.
Rachel McColm, Emergency Department consultant at Wye Valley NHS Trust, said: “If you are planning gardening or DIY please plan it properly, use the right equipment and stock up on basic first aid items such as antiseptic cream for bites and plant rashes, plasters for small cuts, for self-care at home.
"Simple measures such as putting on gloves could prevent many of the cuts. Wear strong shoes and trousers when mowing the lawn. Chemicals should be stored out of sight and out of reach of children and tools should always be tidied away after use.
“If you do need treatment for a cut, sprain, slip, trip or fall, and it’s not an emergency, consider going to a local pharmacy, walk in centre or local GP surgery when it’s open.
"To ensure we see and treat people who are extremely unwell or seriously injured and need urgent medical attention as quickly as possible, we are urging everyone to consider using other NHS services before turning up at the Emergency Department.”
Over the bank holiday period, help can be found at the following:
- Herefordshire Walk-In Centre, in Belmont Road, Hereford, is open 8am-8pm seven-days-a-week, including bank holidays.
- Ledbury Community Health & Care Centre Minor Injury Unit is open 24-hours-a-day, every day including bank holidays.
- Kington Health and Social Care Centre Minor Injury Unit is open from 8am to 8pm, every day (excluding bank holidays).
- Ross Minor Injury Unit (located at Ross Community Hospital) is open from 8.30am to 5.30pm, Monday to Friday only (excluding bank holidays).
- Leominster Minor Injury Unit (located at Leominster Community Hospital) is open from 8.30am to 5.30pm, Monday to Friday only (excluding bank holidays).
- The Taurus extended GP services at Wargrave House Surgery, St Owen Street, Hereford; The Marches Surgery, Westfield Walk, Leominster; and Pendeen Surgery, Kent Avenue, Ross on Wye, will be available 6pm-8pm on weekdays and 8am-8pm Saturdays and Sundays, including bank holidays. Call your GP or NHS 111 to be referred.
For more information on opening times for services over Easter visit http://www.nhs.uk/service-search
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