Scunthorpe General Hospital placed on red alert
Northern Lincolnshire and Goole NHS Hospital Trust are creating extra space in their hospitals and taking on extra staff in order to accomodate for patients.
Scunthorpe General Hospital is currently on red alert which is the second highest on the occupancy scale.
Karen Dunderdale, chief nurse at Northern Lincolnshire and Goole NHS Hospitals Trust, said: "Our hospitals are exceptionally busy at the moment, both on our inpatient wards and in the A&E departments.
"We have created extra capacity to accommodate additional patients but we would urge everyone to please think twice before visiting A&E this weekend and ensure our staff are available for vulnerable people who are in an emergency situation.
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"Most common aches, pains and winter illnesses will begin to clear up by themselves within a few days with some self-care essentials so there really is no need to call 999 or go to A&E.
"I would like to take this opportunity to thank all of our staff for their hard work and dedication during this extremely demanding period."
Help and advice is available as follows:
- Your GP
- Your GP out-of-hours service – for North East Lincolnshire ring (01472) 256222); for North Lincolnshire ring (01724) 290159
- Grimsby walk-in centre – 8am-8pm – (01472) 344608, Cleethorpes Road, Grimsby
- Scunthorpe walk-in centre – 8am-8pm – (01724) 292000, Ironstone Centre, West Street, Scunthorpe
- Your high-street pharmacy
- NHS Direct (0845 4647)
- NHS Choices website www.nhs.co.uk
- Ring the new NHS 111 service (only for people who live in Lincolnshire)