700 seen at King’s Lynn hospital over Easter

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Medical staff had a busy Easter weekend with around 700 people being treated in Lynn’s accident and emergency department.

The Queen Elizabeth Hospital normally sees 140 patients a day but were treating between 160 to 180 patients on each of the four days.

East of England Ambulance Service reported a rise in the number of call-outs over the Easter weekend. It received 202 calls this year compared to the 196 in 2013.

A hospital spokesman has reported people suffering from coughs and colds arriving at A&E.

He said: “The first point of treatment for something that can be treated at home is to do that.

“Staff here were seeing people who had coughs and colds for five days beforehand.

“We cannot criticise people if they were anxious about their health. But for some it was not the best use of their time when they could get help from somewhere else.”

The ambulance service took 128 people to the Lynn hospital.

Paramedics were called to two accidents on the A47, 23 calls related to falls, four traumatic injuries, two assaults and two pregnancy related calls.

A 20-year-old woman was airlifted to Norfolk and Norwich Hospital after suffering a head injury while competing at the Burnham Horse trials.

Lynn ambulance station’s operations manager Sharon Proctor said: “We always expect a busy weekend. I would like to add a huge thank-you to the staff who were working over the Easter weekend.”