Slips, falls and fractures - but it's business as usual at North Devon District Hospital

IT S back to normal at the North Devon District Hospital today (Wedneday) after a day of cancelled outpatients clinics, shortages of staff and numerous victims of slips, falls and fractures. With roads impassable, Devon Air Ambulances had a busy time and

IT'S back to normal at the North Devon District Hospital today (Wedneday) after a day of cancelled outpatients clinics, shortages of staff and numerous victims of slips, falls and fractures.With roads impassable, Devon Air Ambulances had a busy time and RAF search and rescue helicopters were also called upon to bring people into the hospitalAll outpatients departments at the district hospital and local community hospitals were closed on Tuesday. Spokeswoman Katherine Allen said that with some staff being unable to get in to work, others had been moved from the wards to cover the outpatients' departments. But many people rang in early that morning to say they could not make their appointments. The decision to close them had been taken for safety reasons.Tuesday morning had been quiet, but the afternoon brought a lot of fractures, slips, trips, falls and tobogganing incidents. There were some nasty falls, she said.Devon Air Ambulances responded to three road traffic accidents on Monday and on Tuesday morning alone had responded to five snow-related injuries, mostly tobogganing.Both helicopters were called to Combe Martin at the same time to tend to patients with snow related injuries just half a mile apart - one at the top of the hill and the other in the valley below.A man was taken to North Devon District Hospital yesterday after falling from cliffs at Westward Ho! The man was airlifted by a rescue helicopter from Chivenor, with serious leg injuries.


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