As if NHS A&E departments didn’t have enough to deal with already – with winter pressures in summer and workforce shortages – along come some perfectly healthy saddos (sorry gamers).
Royal Stoke University Hospital has discovered that its casualty unit is on the same spot as a Pokemon Go ‘gym’ – where players can train their newly caught Nintendo creatures.
The University Hospitals of North Midlands Trust agreed last week that patients can play Pokemon Go on wards because walking around is healthy. But the trust has been forced to post a warning on its website about public access to A&E.
It said if Pokemon Go becomes a major nuisance it would ask Nintendo – which decides on the locations of the virtual gyms according using GPS – to have it removed from the premises.
Kevin Parker, associate chief nurse, said: ‘Members of the public who do not need to be at Royal Stoke should not attempt to enter A&E or any other part of the hospital building to play the game. The A&E department is incredibly busy this summer.”
Shakes head slowly.