Boozy borough urged to drink sensibly

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Thousands of boozed up Doncaster residents are taking up valuable staff time at the town’s A&E.

Patients suffering from alcohol poisoning, or requiring treatment for bruising, cuts, sprains, fractures, and ligament and head injuries suffered after drinking to excess are being seen on a daily basis.

And health officials have now issued a stark warning for townsfolk to drink sensibly.

In a report to Doncaster Council’s Health and Well Bring Committee it was revealed in the last year there has been a total of 2,030 people being admitted to A&E with alcohol related issues.

Further to this 824 have accessed alcohol treatment services with 28.6 per cent leaving treatment successfully.

However, these figures are typical of previous years, according to health chiefs, with no significant rise or fall in numbers. Alcohol related A&E admissions for the previous period was slightly higher with 2,891.

Dave Hamilton, Director of Adults, Health and Wellbeing at Doncaster Council said: “The numbers of people attending A&E with alcohol related problems in Doncaster are fairly typical to last year allowing for the changes to how figures are recorded.
“Good progress continues to be made in helping people access treatment and successfully leaving the programmes and we will continue to support this work.

“For that reason we have implemented a new scheme whereby local GPs identify and treat people within their surgeries with a view to catching problems early.

“Integrating drug and alcohol treatment services, as well as schemes involving ambulance service and A&E have also allowed increased numbers of alcohol users to be seen.”

A spokesperson from Doncaster and Bassetlaw Hospitals said: “Between April and June of this year there were over 1,300 attendances at our Emergency Departments at Doncaster Royal Infirmary and Bassetlaw Hospital.

The majority of injuries seen by our emergency teams required treatment for bruising, cuts, sprains, and ligament injuries to minor head injuries, fractures and alcohol poisoning. The best way to avoid these injuries and a visit to the emergency department is to drink sensibly.”

They added that the Trust does not record the reasons for acquiring the injuries.