Rise in patients at King’s Lynn A&E

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

Chiefs at Lynn’s Queen Elizabeth Hospital are putting out a warning after seeing a rise in the number of patients at the A&E department this weekend.

Staff at the emergency department saw a 15 per cent increase in the number of people attending the department.

A total of 197 attended on Saturday while staff treated 199 people on Sunday.

The hospital is unable to identify any trends at this stage to explain the increase.

Now the hospital is appealing to people to use the department in an emergency.

Interim chief operating officer Patricia Dunmore is warning of the impact this could have on the hospital.

She said: “The trust has seen a significant rise in the number of A&E attendances over the weekend.

“This can have an impact on the flow of the rest of the hospital and I am eager to remind the community of alternative options of care when they need help urgently, but it is not an emergency, such as the NHS 111 number and by visiting their GP or pharmacy.”

The hospital and West Norfolk Clinical Commissioning Group have been running the Choose Me Not A&E campaign during the year in a bid to discourage people using the emergency department unnecessarily.