LOUTH County Hospital and other hospitals in Lincolnshire are encouraging people to avoid attending A&E unless absolutely necessary.
United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust says it is experiencing high numbers of attendances at A&E departments and needs the support of the public to ensure they can see those that need hospital treatment.
A spokesperson said: “Hospital A&E departments have been busy with admissions due to the weather. In particular, we have seen a large number of people who have slipped in icy conditions.
“Patients are asked to use the most appropriate treatment for them and only come to A&E if they require emergency care. This will enable us to ensure that emergency patients are able to receive the best possible care.
“We would like to reassure patients that if they need to be admitted to hospital, they will be seen.”
NHS Lincolnshire say there are a number of steps that patients can take to get the right treatment before A&E is considered -
Self Care – can you treat yourself at home with supplies from the medicine cupboard?
Pharmacist – have you been to the pharmacist who can treat most common illnesses including coughs, colds, sore throats and earaches?
Call NHS Direct 0845 4647 – for advice on all health symptoms and referral to a healthcare professional if required.
Doctors surgery – if your condition worsens or has not improved after a week ring the usual number whatever time of day or night.
Call 111 – when you need urgent care fast but it is not a life threatening emergency