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Here you will find background information on a number of issues which we hope you will find useful.

Alcohol and hospital admissions

Mayday, in common with most other Trusts, keeps data on the number of alcohol related admissions it has each year. Statistics where alcohol is the primary cause of admission are collected and can be provided on request.

However in many cases the primary cause for admission is not alcohol, and the notes will only include information on any alcohol consumption if it affects the course of treatment.

Binge drinking

At times staff in A&E do have to deal with unpleasantness from patients or their friends and relatives who have been drinking. The frequency of this varies depending on the time of year, weather, social events and so on. There is no evidence to indicate that Mayday has to deal with any more or less of this behaviour than any other town or city centre hospital, nor is the unpleasantness restricted to young people on a Friday or Saturday night – often people who have a long-term alcohol problem present the same difficulty for staff and other patients.

See Alcohol FAQs for more information.

Infection Control 

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Knife crime

The NHS welcomes all efforts to tackle knife crime but Mayday itself has not seen a recent rise in stab-related hospital admissions. Our figures remain broadly consistent year on year both in numbers and age of the victims - and in the last year (08/09) showed a drop.

This is also true of other forms of assault, as this table demonstrates.

Although figures vary at different times of the year there is no obvious seasonal peak.


Many people are understandably anxious and fearful about the risks to themselves and their families of the different types of flu.  See Flu FAQs for more information

Winter pressures

During the winter people are more likely to get ill, and there is a direct link between cold weather and severe illness in older or other at risk groups of people. See  

Winter Pressures FAQs for more information.

Major Incident

When a major incident is declared (usually by the London Ambulance Service) any hospital designated to receive casualties will implement a major incident plan. This means that for the duration of the incident the normal management systems are replaced by a special team, which runs all hospital services until the crisis is over. See Major Incident FAQs for more information

For specific enquiries on these, or any other topic, please contact the Communications Department on 020 8401 3627 or e-mail:


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