The A&E team at Southport Hospital is encouraging people to only attend Accident & Emergency if it is ABSOLUTELY ESSENTIAL and use alternative services instead.
Dr Peter Williams, Medical Director, Mersey and West Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust says it is important that members of the public are aware of how busy the hospital is and do all they can to help by choosing the right health service at the right time. He said:
“Like all others in the region, Southport Hospital’s A&E Department is currently extremely busy and we are asking that you only attend if it really is an emergency.
“Unfortunately, patients attending with minor injuries will experience unavoidably long delays. I would like to remind the public there are a number of alternative services available at this time for illness and injury, such as: 111 online, Urgent Care and Walk-In Centres, Pharmacists and GPs. Please continue to only use 999 or A&E in emergency and life-threatening cases – when someone is seriously ill or injured, or their life is at risk.
“The public’s support during these very busy times is invaluable and we are immensely grateful for their understanding. If your relative or friend is due to be discharged from hospital today and needs to be collected, please do whatever you can to help bring them home safely as early as possible. This will help our teams to free-up a hospital bed for someone waiting to be admitted.”
The Trust is providing regular updates and advice on their social media channels and website for members of the public www.merseyweatlancs.nhs.uk
Urgent Care Centres, Walk-in Centres or Out of Hours GP services can all treat minor injuries including but not limited to;
- Sprains and strains
- Cuts and grazes
- Bites and stings
- Infected wounds
- Eye problems such as minor infections
- Abdominal pain
- Water infections
- Diarrhoea and vomiting
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