The NHS in the North East and Cumbria is appealing to the public ahead of the May bank holidays to look after their health and remember to follow the rules as they start to mix and socialise outdoors.
While there has been a fall in the number of Covid-19 cases, the NHS still faces challenges such as reduced space in hospital treatment areas as a result social distancing and infection control measures.
Dr Mike Bramble, interim clinical lead for the North East and North Cumbria Integrated Care System, said: “With the bank holidays ahead and the warmer weather on its way we are all looking forward to enjoying time with friends and family.
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"But we hope everyone will behave in a way that does not impact on their health, our emergency services and the wider NHS by continuing to follow the rules on social distancing and staying safe and sensible.”
Bank holidays can be a very busy time for the emergency departments and other services.
Dr Jo Hughes, consultant in emergency medicine at Northumbria Healthcare, added: “We are continuing to urge the public to think pharmacy, GP and 111 first and only attend A&E or call 999 if you have serious or life-threatening emergencies.
“Those that do turn up to our A&E department will of course be assessed clinically by a member of our team but will be re-directed to a more appropriate service for their needs if they don’t need emergency care.”