During the New Year’s period the NHS, and more specifically the A&E department, received an influx of patients. This year to try and help ease the strain the NHS are urging people to consider if they need A&E. With the predicted snow due to arrive it’s likely that the strain will be even greater.

This year, instead of heading to Hull Royal Infirmary, patients with minor issues are urged to use alternatives.

Hull Royal Infirmary
Hull Royal Infirmary is expected to feel the strain this weekend.

Alternatives To A&E

If you’ve got a minor injury such as a cut or a sprain you can receive the same great treatment at your local Minor Injuries Unit (MIU).

Your local GP surgery will also be able to help you with illnesses and smaller injuries.

Pharmacies can offer advice on general illness queries and recommend which medicines to take.

You can also dial 111 to speak to the NHS about non-emergency issues, or to find guidance for where to go.

Another alternative is on the Hull CCG website, found here.

NHS break not a sprain
Hull and East Yorkshire currently has a number of walk-in centres that can help.

“Focus On Genuine Emergencies”

Jonathan Wood, the trust’s director of operations said:

The hospital is very busy due to a high number of admissions and we are expecting more admissions now because of the inclement weather.

We really need to focus on genuine emergencies and people most in need of our help today.

We are asking people to help us and our frontline staff by using alternatives instead of coming to A&E with illnesses and injuries which can be better treated elsewhere.

Visiting your pharmacist or calling NHS 111 for advice could mean you will avoid the need to travel further for medical attention and using the GP walk-in service or the urgent care centre means you could be seen more quickly than if you come to A&E.

Minor Injuries Units Facing Closure

Currently the Minor Injuries Units in Hornsea and Withernsea are facing closure. The CCG recently announced that, despite large protest, the closure would go ahead.

The CCG expects someone with a broken bone to travel 13 miles away to receive treatment.

With the great strain on the A&E department, which is being eased by the MIUs and Walk-In Centres, this situation could get much worse. Hull.Today urge anyone with a minor injury that can be treated by one of these centres to use the service. Hopefully the CCG can see what a valuable asset these services are and reverse the decision to close them.