[T]he public are being asked to consider using other healthcare services rather than Accident and Emergency (A&E) and support the discharge of their loved ones, as Furness General Hospital (FGH) and the Royal Lancaster Infirmary (RLI), are both facing operational pressure.
David Walker, Medical Director at, University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Foundation Trust (UHMBT), said: “We are currently experiencing increased operational pressure at FGH and RLI, and we are calling on the public and staff to again help us.
“Members of the public are asked to please help us make sure our staff are free to treat those most in need, such as those who have a serious illness or injury.
“Whilst we will see and treat all patients who attend, there are those who could be better treated elsewhere. We know it can be difficult when someone is unwell so if you aren’t sure whether or not to attend the A&E, please ring the NHS advice line on 111 who are trained to help. If you have a minor illness or injury that needs attention, you can visit your nearest pharmacist, Primary Care Assessment Centre, or speak to your GP. If you do attend, please be patient with staff who are doing their best in difficult circumstances.”
An emergency is a serious or life-threatening injury and condition, such as a suspected heart attack, acute confused state and fits that are not stopping, loss of consciousness, breathing difficulties, chest pain, head injuries or severe bleeding that cannot be stopped. If someone is seriously ill or injured and their life is at risk, then 999 should be called.
David added; “If your friend or relative is medically fit to be discharged from hospital you can help facilitate their discharge by supporting them to settle in at home. This will help to release pressures in the hospital.”
Details of pharmacy opening times and advice on caring for yourself and your family at home are available at www.nhs.uk/111 or http://www.nhs.uk/NHSEngland/AboutNHSservices/NHShospitals/Pages/leaving-hospital.aspx
David concluded; “If any UHMBT registered nurses or clinical support workers are available to work, please call switchboard on 01539 732288 and speak to the clinical site manager.”