How to do more than clap for the NHS

   How to do more than clap for the NHS

Every year about 6,000 accidental deaths are caused by home accidents, with a further 2.7million people turning up to A&E seeking treatment.

In 2018, there were 25,511 seriously-injured casualties and 133,302 slightly-injured casualties in reported road traffic accidents.

According to the Labour Force Survey, 581,000 UK workers sustained a non-fatal injury last year – some of which required hospitalisation.

Even in the “normal” run of things accidents create a huge burden for the NHS; now, the resources of the NHS are under enormous strain because of the outbreak of COVID-19.

On Tuesday, March 24, Health Secretary Matt Hancock announced that more than 35,000 extra NHS staff would be helping fight against Covid-19, including retired doctors and nurses, and final-year students who are now joining frontline services. Mr Hancock also took the extraordinary step of launching a new scheme to recruit 250,000 volunteers to support the NHS through the coronavirus pandemic.

However, while only a portion of the population will be able to give their time to support the NHS, each and every one of us can do our bit by helping to avoid accidents and unnecessary visits to A&E.

To help with this, RoSPA has Accident Free, Avoid A&E, a new campaign aimed at keeping people accident and injury free and out of hospital, in order to help ease pressure on the country’s frontline health workers during the coronavirus outbreak.

Accident Free, Avoid A&E provides advice on how to avoid common accidents at home, work, leisure and on the road such as:
  • Fire safety
  • Keeping kids safe at home
  • Avoiding slips, trips and falls
  • Cycling and walking safe.

The campaign will last for as long as social distancing measures are in place, so make sure to follow this webpage and our Facebook, Twitter and YouTube channels for helpful tips. And if there’s something that you can’t find, email campaigns@rospa.com and we’ll get back to you as quickly as possible.

On Thursday March 26, it was heart-warming to hear so many cheering and clapping for the NHS. However there is more we can all do, by reducing our exposure to the risk of accidents.
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