2BR News

Contact the News Team:
Tel: 01254 350360

Don’t turn Mad Friday Into Bad Friday

BingeDrinking

6:12am 19th December 2014
(Updated 6:14am 19th December 2014)

This coming Friday (December 19) - or ‘Mad Friday’ as it has been dubbed - is the start of the busiest weekend of the year for East Lancashire’s Accident & Emergency Department and Urgent Care Centres.

Around 40% of all A&E attendances are for alcohol-related injuries and illnesses, with the numbers rising dramatically over the Christmas and New Year period.

But Dr Georgina Robertson, Clinical Director of Emergency Medicine at East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust, is urging party-goers to take care and only call 999 if it is absolutely necessary.

"We are not in the business of spoiling anyone’s fun during the most enjoyable time of the year. However, we ask the public to be careful as we don’t want your lasting memory of this Friday to be the back of an ambulance or A&E," she said.

The number of people going to the A&E department at the Royal Blackburn Hospital in recent weeks has already been much higher than normal. There were 673 people seen on one day recently compared to an average 490.

On ‘Mad Friday’, paramedics and A&E staff are under their most severe pressure.

"Please be patient and remember that, if you do find yourself in A&E as the result of an avoidable injury caused by excessive drinking, the doctors, nurses, ambulance  and support staff are there to help you,” adds Dr Robertson.

 

mad friday

Share This Story

Delicious Submit this page to reddit
Suggested articles
Acc xmas lights promo pic

Gearing up to turn on Accrington's Christmas lights

There's so much going on in Accrington this festive season that the town's Christmas events schedule is bursting like Santa's present-filled sack!

prisoner shaun tierney

Lancashire criminal dramtically turns his life around

"I was a prolific offender under the spotlight of the police. I know today that drink and drugs weren't the problem; it was me."

Most read
fire altham

Large fire in Altham

Loud bangs and explosions reported

megan lambert

Lancashire girl calls for fourth emergency service

Megan wants there to be one just for mental health

Newer article

Fight at council meeting

Local News: The Parish council meeting that turned into a brawl.

Older article
Top articles

Christmas shopping? Then read this before you go

Local News: There's just three weeks to get all your Christmas shopping done!

Deaf man learns how to communicate in his 70s

Nepal: In the final episode of 2BR's special report from Nepal, we meet the older Deaf people who've only just learned to communicate.

FA to increase scope of child sex abuse review as QPR in spotlight

Sport: The Football Association is to increase the scope of its investigation into child sex abuse allegations - as another club reveals it is looking into claims about a former employee.

Kardashians deny Kim and Kanye West divorce rumours

Showbiz: Kim Kardashian West and husband Kanye are not heading for divorce, the reality TV family has assured fans.

Robert the Bruce revealed in new images based on dug-up skull

National News: Historians have digitally reconstructed the face of the Scottish king Robert the Bruce.

MI6 boss: UK won't be safe until Syria war ends

World News: The head of MI6 has warned Russian actions in Syria will have a tragic outcome and could put the security of Britain at risk.

Fast food giant McDonald's to move non-US tax base to UK

Business News: McDonald's is moving its non-US tax base to Britain from Luxembourg amid a battle with EU regulators.

Goat goes on the rampage and attacks pensioner named Billy

Strange News: A pensioner had to be dragged to safety inside a shop after an angry goat went on the rampage down a main street of a quiet town.

Petition for Chorley A&E is handed into Downing Street

Local News: We'll now have to wait to see if it makes a difference

Giant cyclist set to be around for the entire weekend

Local News: The giant artwork on Pendle Hill is in celebration of the Tour of Britain

Most read

Large fire in Altham

Local News: Loud bangs and explosions reported

Lancashire girl calls for fourth emergency service

Local News: Megan wants there to be one just for mental health

2BR Web logo  supported by  Burnley College logo

   Your Profile

@2BR

Close

We Use Cookies

This website uses cookies to store information on your computer.

By using this website you accept the use of cookies as explained in the terms of our cookie policy.