Grimsby and Scunthorpe Hospital is asking people not to come to their A&E department unless it is a real emergency
With the pandemic, Scunthorpe Hospital and Grimsby Hospital are struggling to cope, and now they are asking, people to consider other options available if it’s not an emergency.
The pandemic has hit the NHS hard, and that goes for Grimsby and Scunthorpe Hospital who last week announced another patient died of COVID. That takes the death toll to 500.
Northern Lincolnshire and Goole NHS Foundation Trust is trying to deal with the burden of the COVID pandemic. The NHS trust waiting list is getting longer as they continue to struggle on a daily basis.
The Trust said: “Your health will always be our priority and our teams are working extremely hard to provide emergency care to those who need it.
“However, all our hospitals in Scunthorpe, Grimsby and Goole are continuing to experience very high levels of demand and we’re appealing for anyone who doesn’t need emergency care to consider other options.
“We also have high numbers of patients on our wards and a number of Covid-19 positive inpatients.
“If you have an urgent medical problem and you’re not sure what to do, please call the NHS 111 line for advice from their specialist clinical team.
“You can also speak to your GP or pharmacist for advice and, if you live in North East Lincolnshire or are registered with a GP in the area, you can call the Single Point of Access (SPA) clinical team on 01472 256256.
“Anyone coming to A&E who doesn’t need urgent emergency treatment is likely to have a long wait, as we will always prioritise seeing patients in the greatest need of our care.”
One nurse who did not wished to be named told Lincolnshire News & Lifestyle that she is worried about the winter months. She explained that the Government needs to do more and needs to plough more money into the NHS.
Although she explained moral is at an all-time low over the pay rise scandal, she said that she and her colleagues feel let down by the Government.
“We need support. The NHS in Lincolnshire and the whole of the UK need money. Not tomorrow, not next month, and not to win votes. We need money now to fight the pandemic and to reduce the waiting lists that continue to get longer.”