Message to patients

Like other NHS Trusts in the region we are experiencing increasing demand on frontline services; however we would like to reassure patients that all of our services are currently operating as normal.

It is very important that patients with planned operations, procedures or outpatient appointments attend as normal unless they are specifically contacted and asked not to do so.

Everyone can continue to help reduce pressure on our NHS this winter by having their flu jab, keeping a well-stocked medicine kit at home, using local pharmacists for expert advice and treatment for common illness or by calling NHS 111 for urgent advice. Parents can search ‘NHS child health’ in the app store to get a free app developed by local doctors and nurses for advice on common childhood illnesses.

If you are a normally healthy young person or adult, and have symptoms of diarrhoea and vomiting, or symptoms of flu - please do not go to hospital. Use http://urgentoremergency.co.uk for advice on self-care. 

There are hundreds of extra GP appointments available for those who do need to see a doctor or nurse, and again we urge people to only call 999 or go to hospital emergency departments when it really is an emergency.

We would like to thank all of our patients for their continued support and understanding during this busy period.

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