Scots A&E forced to give out ASBOs in bid to curb violence

A SCOTS A&E department has been forced to turn to ASBOs in a desperate bid to keep staff and the ill safe from violent patients.

Staff at Ninewells Hospital in Dundee are so sick of being abused by aggressive drunks that they have signed a groundbreaking deal with the council to slap antisocial behaviour orders on offenders.

Eleven troublemakers have already been warned under the scheme, the first of its kind in Scotland.

Two have been given final warnings and could even be banned from A&E if they offend again.

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Man shouts abuse at security guard after drunken night out

By Cara Sulieman

A MAN who can’t remember how he ended up at hospital told a Polish security guard to “go home” because he woke him up.

Security staff were called to the A&E department of Edinburgh Royal Infirmary because Stuart Clarke has been acting aggressively.

They arrived to find the 17-year-old fast asleep and woke him up, to be met with a torrent of abuse.

Clarke told the two men to ‘f*** off’ but it was when he discovered that one of the guards was Polish that he became more aggressive. Continue reading

Football defeats increase A&E admissions

By Andrea McCallum

HOSPITAL admissions rocket when Scotland’s football teams suffer defeat, according to new figures.

An investigation linking Saturday scores and casualty queues has proven that hospital visits increase when Premier League teams do badly.

The figures reflect hospital admissions in two-team city hospitals like Glasgow, Edinburgh and Dundee – and show that in one-team city Aberdeen the trend is reversed.

Admissions to A&E units on Saturdays at Scotland’s hospitals were compared to club results over a year.

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Kids sent home from school for being drunk

By Cara Sulieman

SCOTS primary pupils are being sent home by teachers for being DRUNK in class.

Shock new figures show teeny tipplers have also been admitted to hospital for treatment after boozing.

As many as five kids were sent home from class in the last year in the Lothians because they were drunk, according to the damning figures published by the Scottish Government.

The figures also revealed that seven children aged 12 or under were admitted to hospitals in the area suffering from alcohol-related illness last year.

While that is a drop from eight the year before, with the highest being 12 in 2003, it is feared to be the first time kids have been found inebriated on school premises.

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Ambulance service set up ‘field hospital’

By Cara SuliemanAN UNUSUAL approach to the increase in drunken revellers over the festive season will be put into force in the capital.

A paramedic tent will be put up in Edinburgh city centre to deal with the increase in injured party goers in the run up to the New Year.

Filled with the same gear as an ambulance, the “field hospital” has been set up on the Royal Mile in an attempt to deal with the increasing number of drunks.

The ambulance service has already seen a rise in the number of calls, especially on a Friday and Saturday night. A number of the 999 calls made are not actually emergencies and the paramedic tent is an attempt to cope with these calls.

The site was chosen as it is big enough to deal with the facility and is within walking distance of most of the city’s nightclubs.

John Alexander, head of the ambulance service for the Lothians said: “The volume of calls always rises at this time of year, but so far it has been unprecedented so we felt we should try something over the coming weekends.

“It is a pilot scheme and we don’t really know how it will pan out. Obviously if someone does need hospital treatment we will have vehicles nearby ready to take them, but in many cases the only problem is drunkenness and the remedy is a taxi home.”

The tent will be in place every Friday and Saturday night until the New Year. If successful, the scheme will be put in place every December and during the summer festival season. A similar set up is already in place at Hogmanay.

Local politicians, who feel that it is the best way to cope with the increased strain on the NHS, have welcomed the move.

Conservative city centre councillor Joana Mowatt: “This is an entirely sensible idea. It keeps people out of A&E who needn’t be there and allows them to be patched up and sent on their way. I only hope the medical staff don’t suffer any kind of abuse.”