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Demand continues to put unprecedented pressure on Island NHS

Demand continues to put unprecedented pressure on Island NHS
30 September 2022

We are appealing to Island residents for help in easing the ongoing pressure on our services.

Steve Parker, Medical Director, said: “We continue to look at all our options and work with our partners across the Island and on the mainland to improve this situation. We have high numbers of patients who are not in need of hospital care, and we are asking the local community to help us with making sure that those patients get home or to the most appropriate care setting to support their ongoing needs as soon as possible.

“When we can discharge patients safely, it gives us more capacity to treat the increasing numbers of people that are coming into our emergency and urgent care departments every day with potentially life-threatening conditions and injuries.

“While we are in this period of sustained high demand, we also urge you not to attend the emergency department (ED) unless it’s an emergency: NHS 111 online can help you find where to get the right help and support.”

Please help us reach the wider community by sharing our social media messages through your own channels.

We are asking members of the public to help by please:

  • Collecting family and friends from hospital as soon as they are ready to be discharged, to free up beds for those who need them.
  • Visit NHS 111 online or call NHS 111 for heath advice, or alternatively contact your local pharmacist or GP.
  • Think about the most appropriate NHS service for your needs and to only call 999 in the event of a life-threatening illness or injury.
  • Stay away from our hospital if you have symptoms or are a contact of someone who has tested positive for COVID-19.

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