Kings Mill hospital emergency department 'trouble free" despite England's Euro 2020 defeat
A Sutton hospital has thanked the community for a "trouble free" night in its emergency department despite England’s Euro 2020 match defeat against Italy on Sunday night.
A spokesman for King’s Mill Hospital said Monday night’s night’s Emergency Department shift was ‘trouble free with “no abusive behaviour towards colleagues.”It was the second time that England had played and there had been no abuse or violence recorded in the department.
Bad behaviour after previous England games had led some staff ‘dreading’ match shifts, prompting Sherwood Forest Hospitals Trust to send out a plea asking people to ‘treat the staff with respect.’Chief Operating Officer for Sherwood Forest Hospitals Simon Barton said: “Our reminder to patients to treat us with respect seems to have really helped, as we saw a much calmer ED last night, which was really pleasing to see.
“We knew it was going to be an exciting and tense night for England fans last night, and it was expected that the ED may be busy, so we planned accordingly, but thankfully everyone who attended was respectful and kind towards our colleagues.“We would also like to thank our security colleagues and Nottinghamshire Police who have supported us during these busy times.“We will always be here for those who need us, but it is disheartening for our colleagues when verbal and physical abuse happens from a minority of patients, so it was encouraging to see this reduction in abusive behaviour and we would like to thank our community for their cooperation.
We know it wasn’t the football result that anyone wanted, and we were as disappointed as anyone, but no yellow cards were issued in our ED and that was very pleasing for us to see, we hope this continues.”
Across the country brawls and racist abuse broke out in some areas following the disappointing result for England.Racist abuse was also aimed at the players and England’s which manager Gareth Southgate described as “unforgivable”.
In a widely publicied press conference (today) Monday he said “It’s just not what we stand for.”
Prime Minister Boris Johnson also condemned the violence saying on Twitter “the England team deserve to be lauded as heroes, not racially abused on social media. Those responsible for this appalling abuse should be ashamed of themselves.”