Hospitals under pressure as almost 500 people attend A&E in one day in northern Lincolnshire

Hospitals in Grimsby and Scunthorpe are feeling the strain as more people visit the emergency room than usual at this time of the year.

Yesterday, Tuesday, July 20, 490 people visited the Scunthorpe and Grimsby emergency rooms, either by ambulance, walk-in, or sent by the NHS 111.

At Scunthorpe General Hospital, 250 people were admitted to the A&E, while the A&E section of Grimsby’s Diana, Princess of Wales Hospital included 240 patients.

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They typically take 350 people into the A&E departments at this time of year.

The Northern Lincolnshire and Goole NHS Foundations Trust said, “We are still very busy, not only in our emergency rooms, but with patients in the wards and an increasing number of COVID-19 positive inpatients.

“Those treating A&E who don’t need urgent emergency treatment are likely to have to wait a long time as we prioritize patients the most.

“For anyone considering coming to A&E, please only attend if absolutely necessary and consider alternative options for minor complaints, such as:

The NHS Trust continues to urge them to contact NHS 111 if they have an urgent medical problem.

People who are registered with a family doctor are urged to call the Single Point of Access (SPA) on 01472 256 256.

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