Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust (NUH) is asking members of the public to continue to use NHS services wisely as it steps down from critical incident status.
A spokesperson said:
‘We would like to thank our colleagues for their extremely hard work in making this happen and for the support and care they continue to provide to our patients.
‘Our hospitals are still under pressure and we continue to ask the public to help by only attending our Emergency Department for serious accidents for life-threatening emergencies. Where the situation is not life-threatening, alternative support will be available through NHS111 online or by calling 111.
‘Please also consider using Urgent Treatment Centres (UTCs). They can treat injuries including sprains, strains, suspected fractures, bites, cuts, scalds, and other non-life-threatening conditions. You do not need an appointment to attend and waiting times can be much shorter than A&E. We have UTCs at:
Nottingham – The NHS Urgent Care Centre (next to the BBC building) is open every day from 7am-7pm. Seaton House, London Road, Nottingham, NG2 4LA Tel: 0115 883 8500.
Newark – Newark Hospital is open 9am-10pm (last patient admitted at 9.30pm). It can be found on Boundary Road, NG24 4DE.
Pharmacies can offer over-the-counter advice and treat common illnesses such as colds, sore throats, stings and allergies.
‘Our emergency services remain open and you should continue to come forward as normal in emergency and life-threatening cases – when someone is seriously ill or injured, or their life is at risk. Our aim is to prioritise patients with the highest level of need and ensure that we continue to manage emergency care.
‘We ask that if your relative is due to be discharged from hospital and needs to be collected, please do so as early as possible. This will help our teams and free up a hospital bed for someone waiting to be admitted.’