By Oisin Sweeney • 23 December 2020 • 13:23
THE NHS has revealed an exhaustive list of the most unusual, bizarre, and often baffling injuries they treated between March 2019 and March 2020.
Over a 12 month period, doctors in Britain’s emergency rooms treated 10 patients who had been “bitten or struck” by a crocodile or alligator, while scorpions and poisonous spiders sent 70 people to the hospital. Overall animal bites were the cause of just under 20,000 injuries, with rats, lizards, and snakes making the list of offending animals.
Three extremely unlucky people were wounded after being struck by lightning, while lawnmower accidents caused 490 injuries. Firework accidents had 154 victims, and the winter peril of slipping on ice or snow was responsible for over 1000 A&E admissions.
Falls from rollerskates, skateboards, skis, and ice-skates led to 4489 injuries, and perhaps most bewildering is the treatment of five people suffering wounds sustained from a “volcanic eruption”.
The NHS pointed out that the more unusual entries highlight the wide range of injuries treated by Britain’s doctors every day. Overall, “accidents” were responsible for 800,000 hospital admissions which the health service says is a stark reminder to always practice health and safety. Perhaps especially in the event of a volcanic eruption…
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Oisin is an Irish writer based in Seville, the sunny capital of Andalucia. After starting his working life as a bookseller, he moved into journalism and cut his teeth as a reporter at one of Ireland's biggest news websites. Since joining Euro Weekly News in November, he has enjoyed covering the latest stories from Seville, Spain and further afield - with special interests in crime, cybersecurity, and European politics. Anyone who can pronounce his name first try gets a free cerveza...
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