‘Stay away unless absolutely necessary’
Queen’s Hospital in Romford are asking the public to use their accident and emergency department ‘wisely’ to help ease the demands on the hospital.
The New Year is traditionally a busy time for hospitals and Queen’s along with other trusts across the country, are seeing a large number of patients in the emergency department.
So that the expert team can focus on the most critically ill patients, the hospital is asking people to only go if absolutely necessary.
There are numerous other ways you can get care without putting additional pressure on the emergency teams who are trained to care for the sickest patients.
The staff ask that unless it is an emergency, your GP should always be your first port of call if you do need to see someone.
If you cannot get an appointment with your GP, you can get an appointment at one of the GP hubs until 10pm on weekdays and 8pm at the weekend.
Call 0203 770 1888 between 2pm and 9pm during the week and 9am and 6pm, at the weekend.
There is also the NHS freephone number 111, where you can get advice on where to get the care you need and they can also book you a GP Hub appointment if you need one.
NHS advice says only go to A&E in a real emergency such as choking, chest pains, black-outs or severe blood loss.
If in doubt please call 111 for advice. To get more information please see Queen’s Hospital ‘get the right care for you page’.