Over the past 48 hours, Hull Royal Infirmary has experienced a high number of emergency attendances, with a significant number of patients requiring admission to hospital.
In light of this, the hospital is particularly busy and staff are now urgently advising patients to use alternatives within the community, such as Minor Injury Units and Walk-in Centres, wherever possible.
Jonathan Wood, Operations Director for Hull and East Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust says:
“Hospital services are always subject to peaks and troughs in demand, but the winter period places additional pressure on services as we see more people with multiple or complex illnesses.
“Work is ongoing within our hospitals and our services at the moment to create additional capacity, but this will not happen in time to assist with the current pressures we’re experiencing.
“Once again, our staff are doing an amazing 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 are also seeing a significant number of people who could have received an appropriate level of treatment elsewhere, and probably more quickly too.
“To ensure we can concentrate on the very sickest and most vulnerable patients, we would ask for everyone’s cooperation at this time and urge them to explore local alternatives for healthcare advice and treatment.”
Yesterday, it was announced that the opening hours of Bransholme Minor Injury Unit would be extended with immediate effect to provide a 7 day service, 9am – 8pm, until March 2015. Full details are available on the City Health Care Partnership website.
Details of all the various treatment options available to people in Hull and the East Riding are also available by calling 111 at any time of day or night, or by visiting the NHS Choices website: www.nhs.uk Callers to 111 can also speak to an advisor for advice on the most appropriate service for their particular health condition.