Wednesday 17 July 2024
21.4 C
Nottingham

Critical incident ‘stood down’ at Nottingham Hospitals but pressures remain

The Nottingham and Nottinghamshire health and care system has stood down the critical incident that was called last week.

Local health and care providers responded to the critical incident by taking swift, extraordinary actions, which resulted in a significant reduction in pressure.

Through system working there has been an improvement in waiting times for ambulances, hospital bed admissions and discharge but staff at the front line remain under significant pressure in their efforts to provide safe care.

Services remain under sustained pressure, and patients and members of the public will continue to be asked to use services wisely to ensure those patients with the greatest need can access care and support.

We are grateful to everyone who has taken steps to help relieve the pressure, and we would like to thank our incredible teams across the health and social care sector for their efforts in keeping the public safe.

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Health and care services continue to work together to manage the pressure, and there remain a range of steps everyone can take to help:

  • Continue to use NHS 111 to help you find where to get help for your symptoms. You can use NHS 111 to speak to a clinician and make bookings for urgent treatment centres and other services. The online and telephone services are available 24/7.
  • Urgent Treatment Centres treat injuries including sprains, strains, suspected fractures, bites, cuts, scalds, and other non-emergency conditions. Waiting times are usually much shorter than A&E. Our nearest UTCs are at:
    • Nottingham – The NHS Urgent Care Centre (next to the BBC building) is open every day from 7am-9pm. You don’t need an appointment to attend. Seaton House, London Road, Nottingham, NG2 4LA Tel: 0115 883 8500
    • Sutton In Ashfield Primary Care 24 is open 24 hours a day and can be found at King’s Mill Hospital, NG17 4JL
    • Ilkeston Community Hospital – is open 8am – 8pm. It can be found on Heanor Road , Ilkeston, Derbyshire, DE7 8LN. You can book into this service via 111.
  • Anyone who is in mental health distress should call the Mental Health Crisis Line: 0808 196 3779 – the helpline is open 24 hours a day.
  • Pharmacists can help with over-the-counter advice and medication. Use the NHS search to find your nearest pharmacy.
  • If you have a health worry or concern, your GP is here for you. Make an appointment to speak to your GP.
  • It is also important to make sure you stay hydrated and practice self-care as we know that the warmer weather can result in many illnesses which can be avoided by drinking water.
  • Make sure you are fully protected against Covid-19 by having all your vaccinations. It is very important that you finish the complete course of vaccinations to make sure you are protected. Find out more at nhs.uk/covidvaccine

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