Hospitals treating 300 PolyU casualtiesLocal | 19 Nov 2019 6:42 pm
The Hospital Authority has urged people not to go to accident and emergency departments at public hospitals unless absolutely necessary, because they are inundated with injured people from Polytechnic University, RTHK reports.
In a statement, the authority said almost 300 injured persons have been sent to 12 public hospitals across the territory since Tuesday morning, including Queen Elizabeth, Kwong Wah, Princess Margaret, Prince of Wales, Tuen Mun, Eastern and Queen Mary hospitals.
Because of the large number of casualties, it said A&E departments have put in place a triage system which means less or non-urgent patients would have to wait longer than normal to get treatment.
The authority called on people to be understanding, saying those who are not suffering from serious illnesses or injuries should instead visit out-patient clinics or seek treatment from private doctors.
The authority didn't give any details about what kind of injuries they were dealing in relation to the three-day siege of PolyU.
But many of the protesters who have left the campus are believed to have suffered injuries to their eyes and limbs after being hit by police water cannon blasts, tear gas and rubber bullets.
A lot were also said to be suffering from hypothermia.