Warning over dramatic increase in Hull A&E visits

Warning over dramatic increase in Hull A&E visits

Warning over dramatic increase in Hull A&E visits

Following a dramatic increase in Hull A&E visits, people are being asked to consider whether their visit is necessary.

Health officials had previously warned of the dangers delaying seeking medical advice due to concerns over coronavirus.

But now, they are warning over the pressure put on NHS services due to the dramatic increase in A&E visits in Hull.

As such, people considering visiting A&E in Hull due to illness or injury are being asked to think again.

This applies unless they’re critically or seriously ill.

Staff are still trying to help seriously ill people and those with coronavirus symptoms.

Recently, about 330 people per day have attended Hull Royal Infirmary’s A&E, according to Hull University Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust.

This figure is almost double the number visiting when the coronavirus pandemic was at its peak.

People have been showing up with minor illnesses such as verrucas or minor skin complaints.

The trust have said that advice or treatment could have been sought elsewhere.

Teresa Cope, the trust’s chief operating officer, says:

“What we have seen over the last two to three weeks is quite a significant rise in the number of people walking in to the department again.”

“We’re asking for the public to really help their NHS once again.

“This time, we need people to look for services other than A&E if their problem is anything other than a serious injury or critical illness.”

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