A top doctor at Stoke-on-Trent’s biggest hospital is asking residents tempted to take on a big DIY project to down their tools.
The Royal Stoke orthopaedic surgeon is calling on people to help ease the pressure on A&E by taking up more risk-free hobbies.
Activities he’s ruled out include climbing a ladder, using a nail gun or roof repairs.
It comes as many householders have started home improvement projects to pass the time while the country is in coronavirus lockdown.
The full message reads: “I just wanted to remind people that the effect on the health service extends way beyond coronavirus and advise how everyone can help.
“Are you already bored and thinking that home quarantine is an opportunity to tackle a challenging DIY project?
“Please don’t climb a ladder to fix your roof, use an angle grinder or a nail gun or take any other unnecessary risk with your health.
“You may need an ambulance (in short supply). If you need surgery for an injury, you will require a hospital bed and a ventilator for an anaesthetic, not to mention the manpower in involved (many of our colleagues are off sick).
“You will also be at high risk of exposure to coronavirus during your hospital stay.
“Rehabilitation services are restricted to minimise social contact so your recovery could be compromised.
“Over the coming weeks access to beds and operating theatres will be rationed since our ventilators are needed to support critically-ill patients.
“It is likely we will have to make some very difficult compromises despite careful critical incident planning over recent weeks.
“So please take very good care of yourselves, take up a low risk hobby to stave off anxiety and boredom and protect the NHS.”