Help your hospitals: only use ED if essential

Jeffrey Worrall, Chief Operating Officer Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust, said:

“Due to the wintry weather conditions over the last week, there is extreme pressure on the Emergency Department at the Queen’s Medical Centre.

“There is an unprecedented demand on the Emergency Department due to high numbers of patients attending with injuries and illnesses relating to the cold weather, including slips, trips and falls. Staff are working very hard to see and treat patients as quickly as possible. We ask that any visits to the Emergency Department at QMC are only absolutely essential so we can guarantee those most in need of treatment have easy access.

“For general healthcare advice please contact your local GP or call NHS Direct on 0845 46 47, where you will be will be pointed in the right direction for further treatment. If you have a minor illness or injury you can go to an NHS Walk-in Centre. At the NHS Walk-in Centres at London Road, Nottingham; Stapleford Care Centre and Ashfield Health Village, you can see an experienced nurse for treatment of minor injuries and illnesses.”

On average, the 450 patients are treated in the Emergency Department at QMC every day. Yesterday, over 540 patients were cared for in the department. As at 1pm today, already over 230 patients had received treatment in ED, with 120 further patients awaiting treatment in the department.