Emergency Department consultant warns against frightening effects of Hallowe’en

An Emergency Department consultant in NHS Tayside is urging people to take care of themselves this Hallowe’en to avoid spooky celebrations ending up with a scary visit to hospital.  

Emergency Department consultant Dr Andrew Kinnon said, “Hallowe’en in the Emergency Department can be the busiest time of the year. We want people to enjoy themselves on Hallowe’en, but to be responsible.  

“Over the years, we have seen a significant increase in the number of people presenting at the Emergency Department with issues connected to alcohol and drugs over the Hallowe’en period. This causes considerable disruption to the department and to other emergency services and has an impact on other patients.  

“I would ask party goers to be aware of how much they are drinking and the number of alcohol units contained within different drinks. If you are going out drinking with friends, make sure you drink plenty of soft drinks and water to keep yourself hydrated and never leave your drink unattended.”

A Hallowe’en themed animation has been shared across NHS Tayside’s social media channels with the stay safe messages.

If you decide to venture out this Hallowe’en, please be aware that COVID-19 is still circulating in our communities. To stay safe you should:  

  • wear a face covering where required
  • wash your hands regularly, and cover your nose and mouth if coughing or sneezing
  • meet outside if you can, and open windows when indoors
  • keep your distance from people not in your group
  • use the apps: COVID statusProtect Scotland and Check-in Scotland

Please remember, the way you access urgent care has changed. If you think you require urgent care, but it is not life threatening, please call NHS 24 on 111, day or night. NHS 24 will help you get the right care in the right place, often closer to home and without the need to go to A&E. This may include a phone or video consultation. You can still contact your GP practice during opening hours.

If it is an emergency, you should phone 999 or go directly to A&E.

To help you find the right care this Hallowe’en, please visit www.nhstayside.scot.nhs.uk

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