11:05am Thursday 23 November 2017

Patients asked to consider their care options this winter

On a normal day the A&E department at University Hospital would see around 500 patients. As the temperature dropped this week, yesterday saw more than 570 people attend.
University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire NHS Trust Chief Operating Officer, David Eltringham said: “We would like to reiterate to the public to consider the NHS services they use this winter so that we can help manage the pressure on our emergency services.
“We are working closely with our partners to ensure that emergencies continue to be prioritised and receive the urgent care they need.”
George Eliot Hospital NHS Trust Medical Director, Gordon Wood said: “We are also experiencing heavy demand on our A&E department and would urge patients to consider if it is really an emergency or if they could use another NHS service.”
There are a range of services that patients can access, leaving 999 services available for critical and life-threatening injuries. These include their GP, walk-in or urgent care centre, pharmacies or by calling 111.


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