Enjoy Easter with friends and family, not at The Alfred
The Emergency and Trauma Centre at The Alfred is one of the country’s busiest and unfortunately at Easter it’s even busier than usual.
Over the holiday weekend, we see an increase in road trauma and burns injuries, along with more helicopter arrivals bringing in patients from around the state for urgent care.
Head of emergency and trauma, Dr De Villiers Smit, said now is the time to be alert.
“People are traveling to spend time with family and friends and this may include driving on unfamiliar roads, with more traffic. Being aware of other drivers and of your own levels of fatigue is important,” said Dr Smit. “Staying vigilant around flames and accelerants can also prevent life-threatening burns.”
Reverend Val Henderson, the coordinator of pastoral and spiritual care at The Alfred, says the Easter period is a particularly busy time for her team, which provides religious and emotional support to patients and families. This includes sitting with families as they watch over their loved one or grieve for their loved one.
“This year Easter and Jewish Passover fall at the same time, making it a double blessing of joy and happiness, and a time for family activity and religious observance,” said Val.
“Whichever way you celebrate the holiday and holy days please take care on the roads, stay alert and stay safe. We don’t want to be sitting with your family or friends in the days after the Easter break.”