You’re not the only one who ate too much chocolate over the Easter long weekend.
Folks in Britain ate so much chocolate over the last four days that one hospital had to ask people seeking relief for their sugar-fueled tummy aches to stop showing up at the accident and emergency department (A&E).
South Tees hospitals NHS Foundation Trust posted the request to Facebook on Sunday. The message advises those who’ve had “one too many Easter eggs” to stay home, rest, and drink plenty of water.
The warning was a response to an influx of Teeside residents at James Cook University Hospital in Middlesbrough, reports the Independent. The would-be patients were complaining of stomach aches caused by overeating.
Directorate manager of A&E Julie Suckling says people show up to A&E because they think it’ll get them a quicker referral to a specialist for minor illnesses than going to their GP. However, this isn’t true as real emergencies are given priority. She adds that A&E should only be visited “if you have an acute (sudden and serious) complaint that requires emergency care.”
According to Munchies, bank holiday weekends are often busy times for A&E wards. Additionally, NHS hospitals have been facing record wait times recently. It’s no wonder they felt pressure to try and stop over-eaters from showing up.
The post also recommends wannabe patients visit a pharmacy for minor illnesses and provides several other resources for minor health concerns. These recommendations were repeated several times on the South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust Facebook page all in the hopes that the A&E department remains available to deal with actual emergencies.
So sorry to those suffering from post-Easter chocolate comas, the ER doesn’t want you.