World Cup party to be held at hospital

The Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital. Photo: NNUH

The Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital. Photo: NNUH - Credit: NNUH

A World Cup party will be help on a ward at the Norfolk and Norwich Hospital on Thursday - with hopes patients will be celebrating an England win.

Patients on Older People's Medicine will get the chance to join in with the World Cup fever which has gripped the nation, meaning they won't miss out just because they have to stay in hospital.

And for those elsewhere in the hospital, the NNUH main restaurant will be showing the match, as it has been other games during the competition.

At the James Paget Hospital, in gorleston, there were no specific plans in place but a spokesman said 'where patients have access to television screens they can choose to watch the match if they wish'.

East of England Ambulance Trust (EEAST) deputy director of service delivery Karl Edwards took to Twitter yesterday to thank staff who worked during the last England match. He said: 'East of England Ambulance Trust saw a huge spike in demand particularly after the World Cup on Saturday and everyone did an amazing job.'

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Last weekend was very busy for the NHS ambulance service, where it recorded 3786 calls in total on Saturday alone, with a massive spike after the final whistle. The service gets an average 3300 calls every day. Every ambulance service in the country had high levels of calls.

Kevin Brown, director of service delivery, said: 'We expect tonight and this weekend to be very busy. I would urge you to take care of yourself and your friends after the match. If you are not sure if you need help, dial 111.

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'Our staff coped brilliantly over this last weekend, reaching our sickest patients very quickly. Help us by only calling when absolutely necessary.

'If you do need our services, treat our staff with respect – violence and aggression towards NHS staff will not be tolerated and perpetrators will be punished to the full extent of the law.'

These are top tips from EEAST:

• Prepare for the big game properly – eat beforehand, drink plenty of water and drink alcohol sensibly.

• Look out for your friends and plan how you will all get home after the match

• Think before you dial 999 – is it really a life-threatening emergency?

• Staff and vehicles are unable to respond to critically ill patients if they are dealing with unnecessary calls.

• Feeling unwell? Most of the time out of usual office hours 111 is a good call. If it can wait, speak to your pharmacist or your surgery.

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