“GET TREATED ELSEWHERE”: Leeds Hospital sees spike in people heading to A&E
Published on 20–5-21
Leeds Teaching Hospital NHS Trust continue to raise concerns about the amount of people seeking treatment in A&E.
Leeds General Infirmary and St James’ Hospital issued an urgent appeal back on May 5 after seeing an influx of people seeking treatment at A&E, and the issue has yet so subside.
If you are not seriously ill and you are not in an emergency situation, there are other avenues to explore when seeking treatment. Calling NHS 111 is recommended for those who may have concerns but when the situation is not immediately threatening.
Other alternatives such as visiting your local pharmacy or attending a walk-in clinic could also be a more appropriate alternative that heading to the emergency department.
Dr Phil Wood, Chief Medical Officer at LTHT said: “We are currently seeing lots more people than we would expect at our Emergency Departments (EDs) at the LGI and St James’s.
“Many of the people coming require the urgent care provided by our emergency specialists, however, a number of people are attending with conditions that can be more appropriately treated elsewhere.
“This includes members of the public with non-threatening, long-standing conditions and minor injuries. By seeking alternative care for these types of conditions, you will be helping our highly-trained urgent care staff treat the sickest of patients that only they can care for.”
The NHS advises to attend A&E if experiencing the following:
- loss of consciousness
- acute confused state and fits that are not stopping
- chest pain
- breathing difficulties
- severe bleeding that cannot be stopped
- severe allergic reactions
- severe burns or scalds
- major trauma such as a road traffic accident
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