People who are unwell are being urged to look at alternatives to Hull Royal Infirmary’s Emergency Department (A&E) as winter pressures begin to bite.
Over the last five days, Hull and East Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust has admitted 100 more sick people into hospital through its Emergency Department at HRI than would be predicted for this time of year.
Health officials are now asking people who are unwell to consider the alternative options available to them, such as Minor Injury Units, Walk-In Centres or GP appointments before turning to hospital.
Steve Jessop, Chief Nurse Information Officer for Hull and East Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust says:
“Hospitals regularly come under pressure at this time of year, and we do have plans in place to deal with these, but over the last week we have seen a volume of patients coming into our Emergency Department which is over and above what we would predict for this time of year.
“Many of these are very poorly people who are then being admitted to hospital, but there are still some which could be treated elsewhere.
“We have put additional staff including extra consultants, therapists and pharmacy support on duty to help us with the pressures we’re facing, and we’re working with our partners in the community to get people home from hospital as soon as it’s safe to do so.
“But at the same time, we are also urging people to exercise common sense and to look at alternative treatment options unless they are seriously ill or a person’s condition is considered life-threatening. This will allow us to concentrate our efforts on the very poorly people who are presenting to our ED at the moment.”
Details of all the various treatment options available to people in Hull and the East Riding are available by calling 111 at any time of day or night, or by visiting the NHS Choices website: www.nhs.uk Callers to 111 can also speak to an advisor for advice on the most appropriate service for their particular health condition.