Revealed: The bizarre accidents that ended up in Royal Sussex County A & E

The Argus: Revealed: The bizarre accidents that ended up in Royal Sussex County A & E Revealed: The bizarre accidents that ended up in Royal Sussex County A & E

Being caught on a fish hook and swallowing a battery are just two of the bizarre reasons people visited the Royal Sussex County Hospital in Brighton last year.

A Freedom of Information request has revealed that during 2012, when doctors and nurses treated more than 158,000 people in accident and emergency, there were some strange illnesses and peculiar ailments.

An exhaustive list of the quirkiest reasons people visit casualty has been released, including on one occasion a person visited A&E at Brighton having eaten a coin.

On another occasion a person had swallowed a battery.

People also visited having been caught on a fish hook, bitten by a snake and gnawed on by a human.

Another case involved a person who had ingested petrol while another had overdosed on poisonous plants – like in Littlehampton this year when a teenager ate the plant devil’s snare from the road side, stripped naked, stole a bike and cycled among traffic.

Some people went to casualty suffering from sunburn while others have also had fingers, fingertips and limbs amputated in accidents.

A Brighton and Sussex University Hospital Trust spokeswoman said: “In 2012 our emergency departments treated more than 158,000 people with a huge number of conditions, illnesses and injuries.

“Please help keep our emergency departments free for serious and life-threatening conditions, for common or long standing health problems please see a pharmacist, your GP or go to the walk in centre on Queens Road near Brighton Station.”

Last year we revealed that in one year more than 2,400 people ended up staying in A&E for between four and 12 hours after a decision was taken to admit them as an emergency.

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4:28pm Sat 5 Jan 13

Sussex jim says...

I went to my GP at Ringmer "Surgery" with a large bite or something on my leg. She referred me to Haywards Heath hospital- she didn't want to look at my leg as it may involve minor surgery, which might make a mess; and there were other patients waiting.
I turned up as suggested at 7.30 the next morning, only to be told that they were not interested, and that I should go back to my GP to sort the problem out.
So where the hell does one go for non-life-threatening injuries?
I went to my GP at Ringmer "Surgery" with a large bite or something on my leg. She referred me to Haywards Heath hospital- she didn't want to look at my leg as it may involve minor surgery, which might make a mess; and there were other patients waiting. I turned up as suggested at 7.30 the next morning, only to be told that they were not interested, and that I should go back to my GP to sort the problem out. So where the hell does one go for non-life-threatening injuries? Sussex jim

4:52pm Sat 5 Jan 13

wexler53 says...

Maybe to the pharmacy? Probably easily treated with some anti-histamine...
Maybe to the pharmacy? Probably easily treated with some anti-histamine... wexler53

10:14pm Sat 5 Jan 13

imnotpc says...

i know for a fact they have loads and loads of 'accidents' where things have somehow become stuck up peoples bottoms...oh to live in brighton lol absolutely disgusting perverts hahahaha
i know for a fact they have loads and loads of 'accidents' where things have somehow become stuck up peoples bottoms...oh to live in brighton lol absolutely disgusting perverts hahahaha imnotpc

2:38am Sun 6 Jan 13

Athena says...

imnotpc wrote:
i know for a fact they have loads and loads of 'accidents' where things have somehow become stuck up peoples bottoms...oh to live in brighton lol absolutely disgusting perverts hahahaha
My neighbour's Mum was a nurse and she told us of a lightbulb in such a place. (Honest.)
[quote][p][bold]imnotpc[/bold] wrote: i know for a fact they have loads and loads of 'accidents' where things have somehow become stuck up peoples bottoms...oh to live in brighton lol absolutely disgusting perverts hahahaha[/p][/quote]My neighbour's Mum was a nurse and she told us of a lightbulb in such a place. (Honest.) Athena

10:14pm Mon 7 Jan 13

SmileyD says...

well when people will insist on doing the hoovering in the nude then sadly some accidents are inevitable...!
well when people will insist on doing the hoovering in the nude then sadly some accidents are inevitable...! SmileyD

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