Lytham St. Anne’s and the Fylde Coast is forecast to face wet conditions this weekend with heavy and frequent downpours along with strong winds predicted for Saturday 4th July (see maps). Emergency services, including the Police and Hospitals, are hoping that this wet, windy weather will dampen spirits and prevent the expected outpouring of inappropriate behaviour following the much anticipated easing of many restrictions.
Already, hospitals are planning for surges in A&E ‘similar to that of New Year’s Eve’ on the night of Saturday 4th July, when pubs and restaurants are due to reopen after the coronavirus lockdown, the well-respected Health Service Journal reported today. An email to NHS administrators seen by the Health Service Journal called for this likely surge in demand to be reflected in workforce planning, capacity management and what senior staff are on-site, and to ensure ‘efforts are maximised from 29th June to reduce bed occupancy ahead of the weekend, should we also see a rise in admitted patients’ — meaning bed space should be cleared ahead of the weekend.
Dr Ian Higginson, Vice President of the Royal College of Emergency Medicine, has added, ‘Staff aren’t particularly looking forward to this weekend where numbers could potentially increase and that increase could be in relation to alcohol. I would urge the public to think about hospitals and think about emergency departments in that way and to continue to look after the NHS and their staff and to be considerate in the way they behave to try and not end up in our departments.’
Meanwhile, Police Federation spokesperson Tim Clarke who represents officers up to the rank of chief inspector, said that he feared this weekend ‘could be anything but a ‘Super Saturday’ for police officers’.