Residents in Lancashire are being reminded of the importance of using the right NHS service this winter to ease pressure on busy A&E departments.
University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Foundation Trust has seen a rise in attendances at its emergency departments in the past year and, as the dark nights draw in and winter illnesses start to circulate widely amongst communities, the Trust is reminding people that A&E is for life-threatening emergencies.
Dr Paul Grout, clinical director of acute medicine, said the Trust has put a series of robust measures in place to plan for the winter but urged patients to make sure they choose the right service before coming to A&E.
He said: “Winter is when A&E comes under its most severe pressure from emergency admissions and we have made plans well in advance to ensure we can manage patients appropriately through the winter period.
“We look after thousands of people who have life-threatening conditions such as those suffering heart attacks, strokes and breathing problems, plus those who have been involved in serious accidents and we need to ensure that we can concentrate on helping these emergency cases.”
Every year around two million people across the country who go to A&E could look after themselves properly at home or be treated elsewhere in the community.