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Be safe this Halloween to help our Hospitals


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Our clinician for Emergency Care and Medicine has appealed for people to be safe this Halloween as our hospitals are under severe pressure due to the second surge of COVID19 pandemic.

Dr Paul Baylis, Consultant in Emergency Care, said: “Halloween is traditionally an extremely busy time of the year for all the emergency services, particularly for Western Trust staff working at Altnagelvin Area Hospital and the South West Acute Hospital.

“This year with the challenges faced by health care workers across the Western Trust area we are urging the public to stay safe this Halloween so as to avoiding having to attend our Emergency Departments.

“If people are using fireworks as part of the Halloween festivities I would hope that they can enjoy them safely. Although fireworks can be entertaining and exciting, particularly for the younger members of our community, they can be extremely dangerous and can cause serious injury if not handled properly. It is important to remind people of how dangerous sparklers can be and that they are extremely hot for some time after the sparkler has gone out and can cause serious burns.

Altnagelvin Halloween graphic“I know this year the traditional Halloween celebrations in Derry City and in towns across the Western Trust area have been cancelled due to COVID19 and it is important that everyone adheres to current guidance. We hope everyone can enjoy this festival with their immediate family members, please do not mix with other people not in your household or go trick or treating to help stop the spread of this deadly virus. Perhaps you could watch a Halloween Movie or have a virtual party instead?

“We would also ask parents and adults to be extra vigilant and prevent underage alcohol or drug abuse to prevent any activities attributing to injury. For young people, drinking alcohol is harmful as your body is still developing. Binge drinking makes you ill and damages your health, increasing risk of accidents and assaults.

“We hope that the festivities are enjoyable for all involved. Please wash your hands regularly, wear a mask and keep your distance from others. Stay safe and do all you can to prevent unnecessary admissions to our hospitals. Remember we are all in this together, Thank You!”