Davina McCall’s A&E Live kicked up a storm on Twitter on Tuesday night as it featured people who were in the emergency room with minor injuries, with the ITV programme highlighting how the NHS has to deal with patients who arguably should be using an alternative service to A&E.
The first night of the three-part live series, made to celebrate the NHS’ 70th birthday, saw presenter McCall visit the A&E department at Leeds General Infirmary, where she interviewed doctors and patients.
One such patient, a young man who found himself in the ER in the middle of a first date, was adjudged by viewers to have been “clogging up the waiting room” with a thumb injury.
“The NHS doesn’t need another programme that shows the real emergencies it deals with, it needs to show the time wasters, and sheer numbers of inappropriate patients that are dealt with 24/7,” Twitter user @Ellie_Toombs wrote.
User @Doonadia added: “I shouldn’t say this as a nurse, but small cuts/grazes/ingrown toenails are why our ED departments are overrun.”
The NHS doesn’t need another programme that shows the real emergencies it deals with, it needs to show the time wasters, and sheer numbers of inappropriate patients that are dealt with 24/7. The public needs to see the ignorance that is ruining the service #AandELive
Giving an insight into just how busy an NHS A&E department is and why urgent treatment centers and minor injury units are important – so emergencies can be seen in the right time & place when it is an emergency #AandELive
👍 The number of patients receiving treatment in a Major Trauma Centre has almost doubled between 2011 and 2017, and the chances of surviving severe trauma have increased by 20% since 2012. #AandELive#NHS70
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