Big freeze brings A&E to its knees

The Accident and Emergency Unit at the Royal Lancaster Infirmary.
The Accident and Emergency Unit at the Royal Lancaster Infirmary.
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EMERGENCY procedures were implemented at the Royal Lancaster Infirmary when vast numbers of patients who had been injured on black ice flooded in.

Staff were pushed to their limits as up to four or five times more patients than normal came through the doors.

Special co-ordinators and extra staff were drafted into the hospital, for what was described by one nurse as a “major incident”.

Patients were advised not to go to the A and E department unless it was an emergency.

Extra supplies of plaster had to be brought in for the many people with broken limbs.

One woman, whose daughter fell on the ice and broke her arm, told The Visitor: “It was complete and utter chaos. The waiting room was already full at 9.30am and I had to stand up for an hour and a half before my daughter was seen.

“Some people had to sit on the floor whilst waiting to be treated.

“Cyclists, schoolchildren, pensioners, couples and even babies were waiting.”

See The Visitor (12-02-12) for full story.