Middlesbrough A&E flooded by Easter egg 'overindulgers'

Easter Egg

People urged to stay away unless it is an emergency after hospital inundated with patients suffering from tummy aches

A hospital in Middlesbrough was overwhelmed at the weekend when people turned up for treatment after eating too many Easter eggs.

The manager of the accident and emergency unit at James Cook University hospital in Middlesbrough urged the public to consider whether they need emergency treatment after people tried to admit themselves to hospital with tummy aches caused by “overindulgence”.

Sue Murphy called on the public to think before they used the service after people also turned up with minor symptoms such as mouth ulcers and cold sores.

She said: “We had 320 patients who came through A&E and there were 84 in the department at one time.

“There were several people with stomach problems because they had overindulged, whether on Easter eggs or other things over the Easter period.

“It’s difficult to give an exact number as we would have to go into the case notes of every patient who came in with symptoms of stomach problems, but several were telling staff they had eaten a lot and their symptoms were caused by that.”

On Saturday a hospital in Greater Manchester issued a statement asking people not to attend A&E unless it was a real emergency after medics treated a record number of patients during Good Friday and Saturday.

The hospital said people who arrived at A&E with minor ailments including coughs and coldshad to wait up to seven hours to be treated after triage.

Damien Finn, interim chief executive at the Pennine acute hospitals NHS trust, which runs three A&E departments including Royal Oldham, said: “We want to ensure all patients receive the right care, at the right time and in the right location. And A&E is not the right choice for minor conditions. The main message really is if it isn’t an emergency and you don’t need urgent care, please don’t come to A&E.”

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