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#GPnews: NHS England publishes acid first aid advice as attacks double

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A Royal College of Surgeons FOI request revealed that over 3,600 patients waiting over 12 months this March, compared to just under 700 four months previously.

RCS regional director Tim Havard said the statistics were ‘very worrying’, whilst Welsh NHS bosses admitted the waits were ‘unacceptable’.

12:20 NHS England has issued first aid guidance for acid attacks after the number of instances doubled over the last three years.

In 2014, 16 people required specialist medical advice, rising to 25 in 2015 and 32 in 2016.

Meanwhile, the level of demand for specialist burns help so far in 2017 suggests there will be another rise in patient numbers this year, NHS England said.

The public is advised to take three steps if they witness an attack:

  • Report the attack: dial 999.
  • Remove contaminated clothing carefully.
  • Rinse skin immediately in running water.

Professor Chris Moran, national clinical director for trauma at NHS England, said: ‘Whilst this type of criminal assault remains rare, the NHS is caring for an increasing number of people who have fallen victim to these cowardly attacks.

‘One moment of thoughtless violence can result in serious physical pain and mental trauma, which can involve months if not years of costly and specialist NHS treatment.’

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