The Emergency Department at Hereford County Hospital remains under severe pressure due to the number of patients it is currently seeing.
A rise in the number of very sick patients with hip fractures, respiratory conditions and cardiac problems over last weekend has continued throughout the week.
Staff are prioritising patients to ensure those who need urgent care are treated quickly, which means those with minor ailments are having to wait longer.
To avoid long waits, the Trust has repeated its advice that people should consider alternatives before turning up at A&E if their condition or injury is not an emergency. These alternatives include:
- Telephoning NHS 111
- Visiting their local GP
- Visit a local pharmacy
- Using the GP walk in centre at ASDA in Hereford,
- Attending the Minor Injury Units at Ross and Leominster Community Hospitals
The Trust continues to work with the West Midlands Ambulance Service and the commissioners for healthcare in the county, the Herefordshire Clinical Commissioning Group, to manage the situation.
Notes to Editors WVT:
- Wye Valley NHS Trust is the provider health services across Herefordshire and beyond. The Trust exists to improve the wellbeing, independence and health of the people we serve. We are the leading provider of health care in Herefordshire.
- By working closely with our partners, we can make good our promise to deliver a quality of care we would want for ourselves, our families and our friends.
- With an estimated annual turnover of around £160 million, we employ around 2,700 plus staff. We aim to build new relationships between our staff, patients, service users and their carers with the wider community.
For further information please contact:
John Burnett, Communication and Engagement Manager, Wye Valley NHS Trust: 01432 372928 or Fiona Gurney, Communications Assistant 01432 355444 ext. 5105.