You will have seen nationally, as usual hospitals are really busy at this time of year.
While many of the people we are seeing have complex illnesses where they need to be admitted to hospital, we want to make sure people are treated in the right place, so that our staff can concentrate on looking after the seriously ill or injured.
People can help us by:
- working with us to help to get their relatives home or to a nursing or care home safely when they are well enough to leave hospital
- using accident and emergency appropriately – as its name suggests, it is for serious illnesses and injuries
- have a well-stocked medicine and first aid cabinet at home
- if you have a minor illness, make an appointment to see your GP, visit a walk in centre or talk to your local pharmacist who will be happy to advise you