Plea from hospital chiefs over pressure on Lincoln County’s A&E

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Patients are being urged to only use Lincoln County Hospital’s A&E department in the event of ‘serious and life-threatening conditions’.

It comes as its operators, United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust (ULHT), experiences high demand for A&E services at the site.

Dr Suneil Kapadia, medical director, said: “We strongly urge people in Lincolnshire to leave A&E for those who really need it, otherwise we risk putting huge pressure on a vital and highly valued resource in our county.

“A&E is for people with a life threatening or serious condition, such as heart attacks, strokes, breathing problems, or serious accidents - those who need immediate attention.”

Dr Kapadia said it is estimated up to 30 per cent of all those who visit A&E departments do not need to be there, as they have more minor illnesses and injuries that could be better treated elsewhere.

He added: “For people who want urgent advice or treatment, there are many alternatives to attending A&E. People can seek advice from one of over 100 local pharmacies, call NHS 111 24 hours a day, visit a walk in centre, or seek advice from a GP. We would advise people with minor injuries to consider attending their local walk-in centre in the first instance.

“Visit the NHS Choices website to find your nearest pharmacy or walk in centre, their opening hours, and the services they provide.”

A spokesman for ULHT said that no single incident or issue has caused the pressure on the hospital’s A&E service.