Slips and trips send almost 1,000 to Hartlepool and North Tees hospitals over December

From December 1st to 26th 2013, slips, trips and falls sent a total of 907 people to hospitals in North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust, figures in the Hartlepool Mail have revealed.

Overall, blustery, wet and slippery conditions leading to falls saw 698 people admitted to North Tees and 209 to the One Life Centre during the month.

However, this is a marked decrease from the number of slips and trips in December 2012, when 1,652 people were admitted to hospitals in the region after suffering personal injuries in these accidents.

The majority of patients admitted to Accident and Emergency or the Minor Injuries Unit were elderly people, who are more likely to be involved in weather-related accidents over winter as they can be weaker and less steady on their feet.

Andy Simpson, Clinical Director of Accident and Emergency at the NHS Trust, told the publication that in winter hospitals see a lot of people who have tripped or fallen on ice, while in the summer they see children who have been injured over the school holidays.

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