The NHS has warned those doing home improvement over the Easter holidays that thousands of people are injured in home improvement and gardening accidents every year
Britons are being warned to exercise caution while doing home improvement over the Easter holidays after a spike in home improvement injuries last year.
Many go on holiday at Easter to enjoy the sun with temperatures above the annual average, but for some do-it-yourselfers the long weekend is an ideal time to catch up on home improvement work.
And the NHS has urged people to take care of the thousands who need hospital treatment each year due to home improvement or gardening accidents.
The Covid lockdown has also been a reason for injury rates to rise and now that restrictions have been lifted the NHS has said it remains busy but is there to help people who may have accidents.
A NHS Statement read: “Home improvement and gardening accidents cause many thousands of hospital admissions each year.
“That’s why local GPs are urging people tempted to try their hand at DIY this holiday season to be cautious – stressing that for people with minor injuries, for every condition or accident, there are many alternatives to accidents and emergencies .”
dr Vasa Gnanapragasam, Merton’s chief GP, said: “The NHS remains very busy but people can still get urgent care – GPs are offering more appointments, including evenings and weekends, for people with urgent health needs.
“Accident and emergency rooms often see people with cuts, sprains, or other home improvement issues on holiday weekends. Most of these can be dealt with quickly by using NHS 111 online for advice and directions to the right services.”
In 2021, there was a 10% increase in accidents involving power tools and ladders The sun.
Last year, 5,644 people were hospitalized with power tool injuries, while another 7,061 admissions were from people falling from ladders.
There is concern over the extra demands on the NHS at Easter, which are described as being as bad as usual in winter, with 94% of beds as full.
The NHS explained: “GP surgeries are telling patients how to access urgent medical help between 8am and 8pm, with contact information also available on the practices’ websites.
“People can also visit 111 online or call anytime, where they will be asked some questions about symptoms on the website, or by speaking to a fully trained counselor over the phone.
“The use of 999 is for emergencies and should only be called if the situation is life-threatening.
“Please remember that A&E and 999 are for potentially life-threatening emergencies. A range of alternative NHS help is available over the bank holiday.”
It means advice from pharmacists as well as GP services can be given over the weekend.
https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/diy-lovers-given-nhs-warning-26724946 DIY lovers have been given an NHS warning for the Easter break after a spike in injuries