Salford patients should only attend an accident and emergency if they have an ‘urgent need’ this afternoon.
The Salford Royal NHS Trust has advised that it is currently facing “high demand” at its A&E clinic on Tuesday afternoon (August 10).
Instead, hospital owners say, patients should seek treatment from other sources if possible.
In a Facebook post, the NHS Trust said: “Please attend A&E only if you need it urgently.
“We are currently experiencing high levels of demand and attendance.
“Please help us with the right care at the right time from your GP service, dentist or pharmacy.
Call or visit NHS111. 111.nhs.uk For advice “
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Recently, the head of Northern Care Alliance – which runs hospitals in Bury, Oldham, Rochdale and Salford – says the demand for A&E has been “unprecedented.”
“In 20 years I’ve been on the board, I haven’t seen a staff situation like this with regard to my staff demands.” Chief Executive Raj Jain told the Local Democracy Reporting Service.
“Our frontline staff and managers are making really difficult decisions every shift.
“I just wonder what the relatively junior staff in our organization would be like to handle such a stressful situation in a professional manner and take care of the people around them in every way, trying to keep them safe.
“We need to reinforce the message that the public is only going to use the emergency departments if you really need to.”
“But my real message is to thank our staff.
“We are really acknowledging the extraordinary pressure they are facing. We know they are doing their best. We will make sure we help them so that we can Make sure they keep colleagues and patients as safe as possible. “