Peterborough and Stamford Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust would like to remind the public of the full range of healthcare options available to them over the Christmas and New Year period.
This year the Emergency Department has seen an increase in the number of patients. Over the last few months there has been an average of 206 patients a day attending the Emergency Department. 1 in 10 of these patients had conditions which could have been treated at their GP surgery or the Minor Illness and Injuries Unit.
Angus Maitland, chief operating officer at Peterborough and Stamford Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, said: “Our staff at Peterborough City Hospital have seen an influx of patients attending the Emergency Department recently.
“A proportion of patients will typically be suffering from illnesses, such as shortness of breath, asthma complications and flu-like complaints, which could have been treated just as effectively at the Minor Illness and Injuries Unit at the City Care Centre in Peterborough. The unit is open from 8am to 8pm every day.
“While we would not turn away those patients who choose to wait, we have to prioritise the sickest patients first, and this means those who have more minor complaints will face a much longer waiting time than they would if they sought medical help from an alternative provider.”
Dr Neil Modha, Chief Clinical Officer at Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Clinical Commissioning Group, said: “A&E should only be used by people who are acutely ill or who have life threatening problems, such as stroke, blacking out or have severe blood loss. By using the right service treatment can be given quicker to those in need of urgent care.
“If you go into hospital this winter, you should expect to be discharged as soon as you are medically fit and that staying in hospital beyond this point is not in your interests. It reduces beds availability for patients who are ill and in need of a bed.”