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Rise in A&E admissions for falls during icy snap

By Bedfordshire On Sunday  |  Posted: January 23, 2013

A couple walk through the snow in Priory Country Park, Bedford

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SEVENTY four people were admitted to Bedford Hospital’s A&E department over the last four days for injuries relating to trips and falls, a 72 per cent increase compared to a week earlier.

The cold snap, which has seen snow and ice in the streets of Bedfordshire, has contributed to a rise in the number of patients admitted to A&E.

11 people were admitted on Thursday (January 17), 24 people on Friday, 20 people on Saturday, and 19 people on Sunday.

Stuart Lloyd, ED Lead Consultant and Associate Medical Director in Acute Medicine, said: “As with every winter, our message is for people to take care and to do their best to stay safe.

“There are some simple steps that we can all take to reduce the chance of suffering a fall. Wearing well-fitted shoes that are in good condition and support the ankle is one example, and taking care when walking on slippery surfaces is another.

“The Met Office advises putting grit or cat litter on paths and driveways to lessen the risk of slipping, and adds that you should wait until the roads have been gritted if you are travelling by car.”

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