Media statement and information for the public – Winter pressures

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Media statement and information for the public – Winter pressures
04 January 2018

Our emergency departments at Oldham, Bury and North Manchester is experiencing increased demand for its services. The public are advised to only attend A&E for serious or life threatening conditions so the department can be kept free for those who really need it. Thank you.

Dr Chris Brookes, Group Chief Medical Officer for the Northern Care Alliance NHS Group (Salford Royal and Pennine Acute Hospitals), said:

“Like many hospitals across the region and the country our emergency and urgent care services are extremely busy and currently under significant pressure with increased demand on services and many patients needing to be admitted.

“To help our staff who are working very hard in our A&E departments, I would urge the public to think carefully about which is the correct service to use for their condition. A&E is open and available to treat the sickest of patients and emergency cases, but patients with cold and flu like symptoms should seek advice in the community from your local pharmacist or by calling NHS 111 helpline for advice. Our A&E doctors will be prioritising and treating those patients who require emergency and urgent care with critical and life-threatening conditions such as major trauma and fractures, accidents, head injuries, heart attacks, stroke, and those who need urgent abdominal and orthopaedic surgery.   

“We continue to work with our health and social care partners across our localities including colleagues in primary care, community and social care services to help the flow of patients in and out of our hospitals including those who can safely be safely discharged to the community or back to their home.

“We are working hard to minimise any disruption to planned non-urgent operations and outpatient appointments. If we do decide to delay and reschedule any non-urgent operations such as hip or knee replacements, we will inform our patients as soon as possible, and alternative appointments will be booked in due course. Patients should assume their appointment is going ahead unless they hear otherwise.

“I would like to reassure the public that we have robust functioning winter plans in place for all our hospitals in Salford, Oldham, North Manchester, Bury and Rochdale, and that patient safety is our priority. I would also like to thank our hard working staff for going above and beyond the call of duty in many instances to keep our patients safe and well this winter.”

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Notes to editors:

The Northern Care Alliance NHS Group is the overall body that runs Salford Royal NHS FT and The Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS Trust; joining together 17,000 staff and providing services for over 1 million people. The Alliance runs five hospitals and associated community services including Salford Royal, The Royal Oldham Hospital, Fairfield and North Manchester General Hospitals and Rochdale Infirmary.