NHS plea after busy holiday weekend

Dr Jane Weatherstone of Northumbria Healthcare
Dr Jane Weatherstone of Northumbria Healthcare

Leaders at Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust are urging people in Northumberland to use NHS services wisely following a very busy bank holiday weekend.

Long weekends always result in busy times for the NHS and the May Day weekend was no different with high volumes of people accessing urgent and emergency-care services. GP services also saw a surge in demand following the weekend break.

The Trust is reminding people that the Northumbria hospital, at Cramlington, is for serious emergencies only such as suspected stroke, loss of consciousness, persistent and severe chest pain, sudden shortness of breath, severe abdominal pain or severe blood loss.

People attending with minor problems may be asked to consider using other more appropriate local services following triage and should expect a long wait at the Northumbria as clinical teams must prioritise those with time-critical needs.

Dr Jane Weatherstone, associate medical director primary and community care at Northumbria Healthcare, said: “We’d urge people to think very carefully about which service they use and remind people that GP practices and pharmacies are back to normal and can be accessed in the usual way.”