‘Extremely busy’ Blackpool Victoria Hospital issues warning to stay away from A&E

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People are being told to visit NHS 111 online unless they have ‘life-threatening and emergency conditions’

 

Blackpool Victoria Hospital is struggling with a busy A&E department
Blackpool Victoria Hospital is struggling with a busy A&E department

Blackpool Victoria Hospital has issued a warning for people to stay away from A&E unless in a genuine medical emergency.

The hospital is “extremely busy” dealing with 105 patients in A&E this evening (November 8).

Trust bosses have asked that people manage their conditions by visiting NHS 111 online and ‘keep the space and time for patients with life-threatening and emergency conditions’.

It comes after a similar plea was made last Tuesday (November 2) and after Blackpool Teaching Hospitals declared a ‘critical incident’ earlier this month due to high numbers of patients.

Posting on social media this evening, the hospital trust said: “There are 105 people in our A&E at the moment.

“If you condition is NOT an emergency, please visit NHS 111 online. We need to keep the space and time for patients with life-threatening and emergency conditions.

“Please #HelpUsHelpYou. Thank you for your support.”

The trust covers Blackpool Victoria Hospital, Clifton Hospital and Fleetwood Hospital.