156 at Derry’s A&E over Hallowe’en

Presseye.com - Belfast - Northern Ireland - - 'Picture by william Cherry/ PressEye.com - Belfast.''General views of  Altnagelvin Hospital in Londonderry ''Thousands of X rays went missing in Altnagelvin Hospital in Londonderry last year.'As a result, patients, including those suffering from chest complaints, have been recalled
Presseye.com - Belfast - Northern Ireland - - 'Picture by william Cherry/ PressEye.com - Belfast.''General views of Altnagelvin Hospital in Londonderry ''Thousands of X rays went missing in Altnagelvin Hospital in Londonderry last year.'As a result, patients, including those suffering from chest complaints, have been recalled

More than 150 people were treated at Altnagelvin Hospital’s Accident and Emergency over a 12 hour period during Derry’s Hallowe’en celebrations.

There were 156 attendances in total during athe 12-hour period over Saturday night and into Sunday.

This meant an emergency case presented at the hospital on average every five minutes over that period.

A total of nine people were treated for drink related conditions, while the ‘Journal’ understands there was one person treated for a fireworks injury at the emergency ward.

A Western Health and Social Care Trust spokesman said: “As expected Altnagelvin Hospital’s Emergency Department was busy on Hallowe’en evening and through the night.

“All attendances were minor. Approximately nine people required treatment for alcohol consumption.”

Over 30,000 people attended Saturday night’s Rise Of the River Gods Hallowe’en Carnival and fireworks finale celebrations in the city.

Thousands more also took part on festivities across the weekend as Guildhall Square and Waterloo Place became a hive of activity.

Across the river, thousands also attended Derry’s very own house of horrors, Chateau Le Fear and the Monster Fun Fair at Ebrington.

Despite the massive crowds taking part in the various festivities in Derry, trouble across the town seemed to be kept to a minimum throughout the weekend.

Festival organisers have issued a note of thanks to the PSNI, the Fire Service and ambulance personnel as well as security staff for ensuring the safety of participants and the public.

An increased police presence had been deployed in the Waterside at the end of last week after it emerged that dozens of youths engaged in sectarian brawls, arranged via social media, with one teenager, who had not been involved in the violence, needing hospital treatment after he became injured.

There were no reports of further trouble.