King’s Lynn hospital issues plea to ease A&E pressure

QEH General Views of the outside of the hospital ANL-150525-110929009
QEH General Views of the outside of the hospital ANL-150525-110929009

Managers of Lynn’s Queen Elizabeth Hospital have this afternoon issued a plea for the public not to attend the site’s accident and emergency unit unless they absolutely have to.

Deputy chief executive David Stonehouse said a short time ago: “The hospital is currently under significant pressure due to ongoing high numbers of attendances to the Accident and Emergency department.”

He said patients should only go to the unit if it is absolutely necessary and either call the NHS 111 service or consult their local pharmacist or GP in a non-emergency case.

The plea came after officials revealed earlier this week that the hospital had still not come out of “winter mode” in terms of the number of admissions being made.

The number of A&E admissions is already up by more than 3,000 on last year.

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