February 27, 2013 9.19 am This story is over 135 months old

Lincoln hospital A&E under pressure

Not anything and everything: Hospitals in Lincoln and Boston are under pressure with increased numbers of A&E patients, but not all cases require emergency care.

United Lincolnshire Hospitals Trust says it is experiencing a higher demand in A&E across all its hospitals in the county, particularly in Lincoln and Boston.

Michelle Rhodes, Director of Operations, said: “Staff within our hospitals continue to work hard to care for patients under the additional pressure.

“By choosing an alternative NHS service that could be more appropriate for their symptoms, patients can get treated quicker whilst helping to ease the pressure on A&E departments.”

Residents are being asked to support Lincoln County Hospital by not adding to the sustained pressure on Accident and Emergency services.

“Call NHS 111 to be guided to the right health services for your needs if it’s not a life threatening emergency,” Michelle Rhodes added.

ULHT is asking patients to consider the following services before A&E:

  • Self Care – can you treat aches, pains, coughs and colds at home?
  • Pharmacist – Most over the counter medicines can treat allergies, constipation, cold and flu symptoms
  • Walk-in centre or minor injuries unit – for treatment of minor illness and injuries, no appointment needed
  • Doctor’s Surgery – ring the usual number whatever time of day or night and visit your GP
  • Call 111 24 hours, 7 days – for the GP out of hours service, advice on all health symptoms and referral to a healthcare professional, if required.