Bank Holiday warning

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People in Ripley and Heanor are being urged by NHS Derbyshire County to take a sensible approach to DIY, gardening and their health over the Bank Holiday weekend.

DIY and gardening mishaps, along with sunstroke, dehydration, poisoning or reactions from undercooked food, and alcohol-related incidents are some of the most common reasons people end up in hospital over the Bank Holiday period – with injuries from tools and machinery causing 220,000 accidents a year across the UK. Out of these, 87,000 of these DIY victims are estimated to turn up at A&E.

Now health bosses are urging all DIY and gardening enthusiasts to work safely. And if they do have an accident, they should call the brand new ‘111’ health hotline if they need medical help unless it’s a ‘999’ emergency.