SLIPS, trips and falls on the ice have seen 192 people treated at Pilgrim Hospital’s Accident and Emergency department in one week.
The freezing conditions this month brought an increase of fall-related injuries in the week December 1-7, with people sustaining broken wrists and ankles, along with more minor sprains and bruises.
Figures show the number of such patients treated at the hospital in same week last year was zero – due to there being no icy conditions in that week.
However, this year the number of non ice-related attendances at Boston A&E dropped from 790 the previous week (November 24-30) to 753 - a reduction of of 37 patients.
United Lincolnshire Hospitals’ NHS Trust (ULH) said this reduction in other patients is probably due to the adverse weather conditions ‘putting people off’ attending the hospital for injuries that don’t really require A&E treatment.
A spokesperson for ULH said: “When it’s really snowy people don’t generally come to A&E unless they really need to, so we naturally see a reduction in the number of people who might have come here unnecessarily.
She added: “At Lincoln Hospital this number is even greater due to the snowy weather being worse in that part of the county.”
The highest number of casualties treated in Boston from falls in the ice and snow was recorded on Monday, December 6, – with 38 people of all ages requiring treatment.
During the recent freezing weather conditions some staff at Pilgrim have even slept overnight in the hospital, in Sibsey Road, to ensure they were able to attend their shifts in the morning and see to their patients.
Others used their 4x4 vehicles to pick up staff members who had difficulties making it in to work.
The ULH NHS Trust spokesman said: “We would like to acknowledge the fantastic response we had from our staff at Pilgrim Hospital to the problems faced during the recent bad weather.
She added: “A big thank you to all those who managed to make it into work, who altered their working patterns to cover shifts and also those who slept overnight at the hospital to ensure cover was available.”