A&E is still feeling the chill

Emergency departments across Merseyside, including Whiston Hospital A&E, are experiencing a spike in attendances in the wake of last week’s cold weather.

The recent snow and flu cases have caused an increase in the number of people who need admitting and this is having a significant impact on an already busy system.

NHS Knowsley Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) is encouraging people to only attend Accident & Emergency for emergency and life threatening conditions only and use alternative services for all other illness and injury.

Dr Simon Perritt, Urgent Care Clinical Lead at NHS Knowsley CCG said:  

“Our priority is to ensure that people who need urgent and emergency care get it. It is extremely important for patients and their families to work with our staff and as soon as they are well, make the necessary arrangements to return home in a timely manner. This helps to free up beds for those who need our acute care.

"We are also asking people to attend A&E for emergency care only. Patients attending with minor injuries may experience unavoidably long delays. I would like to remind the public about alternative health care options available at this time, such as; Urgent Care and Walk-In Centres, community pharmacy and general practice. If people are unsure which service they need, they should call NHS 111 or use the Examine Your Options website: www.examineyouroptions.info

Walk-in Centres or Out of Hours GP services can treat minor injuries including but not limited to;

  • Cuts and grazes
  • Sprains and strains
  • Bites and stings
  • Infected wounds
  • Eye problems such as minor infections
  • Abdominal pain
  • Fever
  • Water infections
  • Rashes
  • Diarrhoea and vomiting