Hospital thanks community for using services wisely

Following the pressures faced at Hinchingbrooke Hospital earlier this week, the Trust has this morning reported a marked improvement to its capacity levels, following concerted efforts by staff to manage the flow of patients in and out of the hospital.

On Monday, (6 Feb) the Trust reported a 16% rise in usual levels of attendance, and throughout the week has been urging members of the public to use services wisely, and avoid coming to A&E unless experiencing life-threatening symptoms.

Phil Walmsley, Chief Operating Officer said: “Despite today’s improvement, we are by no means complacent, and will be continuing to carefully manage the situation. It’s really important that people continue to help us by sharing the message that if it’s not life-threating, then it’s not for A&E.”

“As always, our staff have worked tirelessly, in the face of considerable pressure, to provide the best possible care for our patients – and we are incredibly proud of them.”

“We would like to thank local people for listening, and for using our services more wisely over the last 24 hours – this has had a huge impact on our situation and has enabled us to concentrate on treating those acute patients who need our care most.”

A reminder of alternative NHS services for non-life threatening conditions:

PHARMACY: Your pharmacy can provide confidential, expert advice and treatment for a range of common illnesses and complaints without having to wait for a GP appointment.

NHS111: This service has been introduced to make easier for you to access local NHS healthcare services in England. NHS 111 and easy way to get the right help, whatever the time. NHS 111 is available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Calls are free.

YOUR GP: is fast can help as they have trained professionals who can advise you. This is particularly important if you suffer from an underlying health condition. Dealing with illness early can prevent any trips to hospital.

WALK IN CENTRES: Walk-In Centres can be treated for minor injuries and ailments.

The public can find out more on how to keep well and where to get expert advice at www.nhs.uk/staywell.

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