Hospital admissions to casualty on the rise

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MEDICS at Sheffield’s Northern General Hospital were kept busy over the Bank Holiday weekend with a 13 per cent increase in admissions to the accident and emergency department compared to the same time last year.

Hospital chiefs have released the figures to demonstrate the workload doctors and nurses face in A&E.

They are urging people in the city to support their efforts to reduce emergency admissions to A&E by encouraging them to visit their GPs, the Minor Injuries Unit at the Royal Hallamshire Hospital or the Walk-In Centre on Broad Lane, rather than automatically turning up at accident and emergency and causing a backlog of patients waiting to be seen.

Over the weekend last year, staff in A&E saw an average of 303 patients per day, but this year, with the Jubilee celebrations, the figure increased to 344.

Richard Parker, Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust deputy chief operating officer, said: “Our staff are working hard and coping with the extra demand.

“However, we are asking people to only use the A&E department if it is an emergency.

“GPs, pharmacists and the NHS Walk In Centre on Broad Lane are all able to provide advice and treatment for minor injuries or illnesses and in most cases you will be seen quicker, because in A&E the priority will be given to patients with life-threatening injuries and illnesses and emergency cases.“

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