We are experiencing high numbers of attendees within the Accident and Emergency department and are working with partners across the local health system to maintain safe patient care.
The kind of serious accidents and emergencies that should been treated at A&E include unconsciousness, heavy blood loss, suspected heart attacks and strokes, and broken bones. Those with a cold or flu or symptoms of diarrhoea and vomiting, should visit their pharmacist, who will be able to advise and offer appropriate medication.
Relatives and friends of patients who have been discharged from the hospital and are ready to go home are asked to collect them in a timely manner, to help speed up the admission of patients waiting in A&E.
For minor injuries and ailments - use alternative NHS services where appropriate such as NHS 111, local pharmacies, minor injuries units, and to make an appointment with their GP in the normal way.
A range of other health services are available including GP services, the NHS 111 telephone line and pharmacies. If you’re not sure what the appropriate service is, call NHS 111 and speak to someone who can provide advice on the best course of action.