Think carefully before going to A&E
Doctors at Airedale Hospital and Bradford Royal Infirmary are reminding people to think carefully before going to A&E.
The Emergency Departments at both hospitals are very busy, and there have been higher than usual admissions to inpatient wards.
“We have had an exceptionally busy week, and are continuing to experience significant pressure,” explains Airedale NHS Foundation Trust Chief Operating Officer Rob Aitchison. “We apologise to people who have attended our Emergency Department and have had to wait longer than we would have liked due to the number of people seeking help over the last week.”
Sandra Shannon, Chief Operating Officer at Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust said that they were experiencing the same high levels of demand. “We’re asking all patients to think carefully before coming to A&E. Members of the public can really help by making sure that if they do choose to come to A&E for treatment, that it is the best place for them to go to get the right care, as soon as possible. Our Emergency Department is for accidents and emergencies only, such as severe chest pain, difficulty breathing, significant head injuries and broken bones. Using an alternative to A&E when you aren’t seriously ill, such as calling NHS 111 or visiting nhs.uk/111, seeing your GP or visiting your community pharmacist, could mean that you end up waiting less time to receive care.”
Both Chief Operating Officers paid tribute to their staff across the hospitals who are working extremely hard to cope with the increased demand.
All GP practices in Bradford district and Craven offer appointments with GPs and other health professionals, such as nurses, health care assistants, pharmacists and physiotherapists, in the evenings and at weekends. Patients can book these through their own practice and can also ask about telephone and online consultations.
In addition, pharmacists can help with common illnesses without an appointment and many are also open in the evening and at weekends. They are qualified healthcare professionals who can offer clinical advice and over the counter medicines to effectively and safely manage a range of minor health concerns. Get more information or find your local pharmacy at https://beta.nhs.uk/find-a-pharmacy/
A free guide to common childhood illnesses is available to download at: http://bit.ly/feelingpoorly or people can bookmark the page on their smartphone to access it easily on the move.
For patients wanting to find information online, the nhs.uk website is available 24/7 and offers expert advice on a range of illnesses, as well details of local health services. For urgent medical advice and signposting visit nhs.uk/111 (for people aged 5 and over only) or call NHS 111 (dial 111) service is a free helpline, available 24/7 for patients needing medical help fast when it is not a life-threatening situation.