Hull Royal Infirmary A&E experiencing high demand

Published: Friday 13th November 2015 by KCFM

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People in Hull and East Yorkshire are being reminded to use walk-in centres and minor injury treatment units if they do not require emergency treatment.

The request comes after Hull Royal Infirmary’s Accident and Emergency department experienced a rise in demand for services in the last two days.

Sharon Beamish, Hull and East Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust interim chief operating officer, said: “We’re getting to the time of year when we see more demand placed on hospital services, and an increase in people needing to be admitted to hospital due to multiple or complex illnesses.

“Over the past day or two, we have not been able to discharge as many people as we would anticipate, and this has been compounded by an increase in the number of patients coming in through the Emergency Department who need to stay in overnight.

“We are currently taking steps to try and alleviate some of this pressure, including moving extra pharmacy and radiology staff in to the Emergency Department to help speed things up, and working with our partners to try and safely discharge more patients back into the community.

“Once again, our staff are doing a great job in helping to care for everyone who comes through the doors. But whilst we are seeing more seriously ill people arriving at hospital, we still continue to see many people who could have been assessed and treated somewhere other than ED, just as safely and probably more quickly too.

“To ensure we can concentrate our efforts on the sickest and most vulnerable patients, we would ask for everyone’s cooperation at this time, and urge people who are able to use alternative sources of healthcare advice and treatment to do so.”

Hull and East Yorkshire residents can discover what treatment facilities are available in the area by calling the non-emergency number 111. Alternatively, they can visit www.nhs.uk.

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Published: Friday 13th November 2015 by KCFM

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