How the UK’s hospital operators are dealing with the ‘Beast from the East’

Caroline Swain of the Gatwick International hospital’s coroners department said: “Preliminary data is the best place to start, as time will tell what actually happens.” With more than 130 people stuck in two vehicles…

How the UK's hospital operators are dealing with the 'Beast from the East'

Caroline Swain of the Gatwick International hospital’s coroners department said: “Preliminary data is the best place to start, as time will tell what actually happens.”

With more than 130 people stuck in two vehicles stuck in queues at the M6 motorway barriers, health experts are closely monitoring the effect on their health, in terms of their physical and psychological conditions.

The second hospital in the emergency department at Gatwick airport’s largest hospital in Crawley told us: “We will be collecting the medical history of all of our patients for the weekend. The general indications are that the condition of these patients has not changed significantly at all.”

Dr Alix Herron, of the medical department at Manchester Royal Infirmary’s cancer centre, said: “The key patients I’ve spoken to are not complaining of any sort of exhaustion or any effects of the ordeal they are going through, as they had made several visits to A&E at the weekend. These will be the patients that require ongoing evaluation for their overall physical and mental state. But we will be monitoring these patients and looking out for any symptoms.”

“If anything, it may be alleviated by a little rest – it’s good advice to take a couple of weeks off work or maybe get on the computer and do some extra work at home,” he added.

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