People are being urged to phone the NHS telephone advice line on 111 or contact their GP in non-emergency medical cases.
Hospitals across Lancashire remain near full capacity recently and to make sure that the sickest people can still be seen as a priority, hospital bosses are reminding everyone that the Emergency Department is for medical emergencies only.
Dr Damian Riley, Medical Director at East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust, said: “Hospitals can become very busy. We have been seeing very high levels of demand and as a result our A&E department is very busy.
“It is really vital that we keep A&E free for those who really need it for medical emergencies. Wherever possible we urge people to see their pharmacist or their own GP first. When we are very busy like this it means that waiting times are increased as the sickest patients are given priority.”
There are lots of options for the public to seek medical advice without coming to A&E which include:
- Urgent Care Centre at Burnley General Hospital, open 24 hours
- Minor Injury Unit at Accrington Victoria Hospital
- Minor Injury Unit at Rossendale Primary Care Centre – open 8am – 8pm
- Your local GP practice
- Your local pharmacist
- NHS 111 telephone advice line
- NHS Choices website nhs.uk for self-care