DAUK in the Evening Standard: hospital bosses ‘warned to prepare for A&Es to be like New Year’s Eve’ on July 4 as pubs open on ‘Super Saturday’

Health bosses have urged hospital accident and emergency (A&E) departments to prepare for patient numbers “similar to that of New Year’s Eve” when pubs and bars reopen this weekend.

Thousands of drinking establishments and restaurants will open for customers for the first time in three months on July 4, on what is being dubbed ‘Super Saturday’.

Sunshine and warm temperatures are forecast across large parts of the country at the weekend.

The Standard has seen a letter sent on Friday by a regional NHS England director to hospital trusts’ chief operating officers urging them to “ensure that your demand/activity planning reflects a busy weekend, with peaks in activity into the evenings similar to that of New Year’s Eve”.

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Dr Rinesh Parmar, Chair of the Doctors’ Association UK, told the Standard: “Doctors and healthcare staff across the NHS have been working flat out during the pandemic to keep patients safe. It is absolutely vital that over the weekend and the coming weeks that people not only follow the social distancing guidance but they minimise the impact on A&E departments. As pubs re-open on 4th July we would call on people to exercise caution and moderation so that they do not suffer the ill effects of excess alcohol consumption.”

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