Shocking scenes in A&E on Friday Bank holiday as booze-related incidents and violence spike

Despite lockdown, an A&E doctor has described shocking scenes in hospital last night as booze-related incidents and violence soared.

During a 12-hour shift at a North West hospital, Dr Ben Stewart told Manchester Evening News his team couldn’t believe the number of people requiring treatment on Friday, May 8 into the early hours of the morning on Saturday.

The chaotic scenes included many patients being taken to hospital for alcohol or drug related injuries.

Despite being noticeably quieter since the lockdown was introduced, the doctor said it was a reversion back to the ‘pre-lockdown days’ last night as attitudes appeared to have changed.

Dr Stewart told M.E.N the number of alcohol or drug-related accidents, violence and crime “rocketed last night” and police had told him it had been their “busiest night since New Year’s Eve 2013”.

He added that “we knew it was going to be busier than normal. Bank Holidays are always busier”, but in the last few weeks A&E had become a lot quieter so it “was just a shock to everybody really”.

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