Nearly 30 people have sought emergency care this morning due to ice-related accidents. Around one third of the patients had landed in traffic accents while the rest had slipped and fallen on icy streets. The National Hospital’s emergency department has called in extra staff to avoid lengthening wait times due to the weather.
“This is the first slippery ice day this winter. There are broken bones and bruises and scrapes and cuts,” stated Jón Magnós Kristjánsson, head doctor of the National Hospital’s emergency department in an interview for mbl.is. He says the department’s load is otherwise normal, with no flu outbreak or other seasonal issue.
Jón encouraged individuals to seek assistance at local health clinics for minor injuries in order to avoid long wait times.