Dog bites land five people a week in Epsom and St Helier A&Es

Dr Ruth Charlton said they are ready to treat dog bite wounds

Dr Ruth Charlton said they are ready to treat dog bite wounds

First published in News This Is Local London: Photograph of the Author by , Reporter

Dog bites landed about five people a week in Epsom and St Helier hospitals' A&Es in the first half of this year.

The hospital trust said that between January and June, the emergency departments treated 125 dog bite wounds.

This comes after a steep rise from 244 cases of dog bites in total in 2012 to 325 in 2013.

Dr Ruth Charlton, joint medical director at the trust, said: "Although the vast majority of dogs are very sociable and make great companions, they can be frightening and it can certainly be very distressing to be attacked by one.

"I would like to reassure the public that whether it’s an overly-playful nip from a family pet, to a more serious attack from another animal, our highly competent medical staff have the knowhow and resources to treat our patients."

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4:40pm Fri 29 Aug 14

cadeva says...

What was the point of this article? REAL newsworthy events must be very thin on the ground today..!
What was the point of this article? REAL newsworthy events must be very thin on the ground today..! cadeva
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7:22pm Fri 29 Aug 14

Merton pork says...

cadeva wrote:
What was the point of this article? REAL newsworthy events must be very thin on the ground today..!
They are pointing out how dangerous dogs are. I had no idea. Maybe leads and muzzles should be mandatory in public and owners should hav
[quote][p][bold]cadeva[/bold] wrote: What was the point of this article? REAL newsworthy events must be very thin on the ground today..![/p][/quote]They are pointing out how dangerous dogs are. I had no idea. Maybe leads and muzzles should be mandatory in public and owners should hav Merton pork
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