Health leaders in Coventry and Warwickshire are urging members of the public to only come to hospital Accident and & Emergency departments if it is absolutely necessary.
George Eliot Hospital in Nuneaton, University Hospital in Coventry and Warwick Hospital are continuing to experience extremely high numbers of attendees at their Accident and Emergency departments. Hospitals continue to see unprecedented numbers of people who are acutely ill and need high priority hospital care.
George Eliot Hospital is seeing higher than normal numbers of attendees at its Accident and Emergency department. This situation is compounded by an increase in the level of diarrhoea and vomiting, including confirmed cases of Norovirus. As a result, visiting restrictions are currently in place on the Ambulatory Care Unit, Bob Jakin, Mary Garth, Adam Bede and Felix Holt Wards while they manage the outbreak. Warwick Hospital has also closed Farries Ward, again due to Norovirus.
Dr Deryth Stevens, Chair of NHS Warwickshire North Clinical Commissioning Group, said: “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.”
Health leaders are issuing a reminder for the public to:
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.
Stay away from visiting people in hospital if they themselves have experienced sickness, diarrhoea or flu symptoms in the last 72 hours. This ensures the safety of vulnerable patients and busy wards.
For relatives and friends of patients who have been discharged from the hospital and are ready to go home, to collect them in a timely manner to help speed up the admission of patients waiting in A&E.
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.
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