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Plea not to attend A&E department; DO SO ONLY WHEN 'ABSOLUTELY NECESSARY'.

Byline: AARON GREENAWAY @Plymouth_live

DERRIFORD Hospital has issued a plea to the public to 'carefully consider their options' before going to the hospital's Emergency Department following social distancing fears.

The warning comes after a rise in attendances at the hospital, with a consultant who works there saying visits are back to the very busy levels seen before the coronavirus pandemic.

With the requirement of social distancing reducing the capacity at Derriford Hospital's emergency department, it is calling on people to only attend the emergency department if they've had a major trauma, prolonged chest pain or significant breathing difficulties, signs of a stroke or severe abdominal pain.

The hospital is instead asking people with non-life-threatening or less severe problems such as a minor injury, rash, back pain, joint problems, or minor illness to consider other options - such as calling NHS 111, contacting their GP or pharmacist or visiting the Nuffield Health site opposite the main hospital.

We would only come Emergency if necessary.

Beth Newstead, Consultant in Emergency Medicine at University Hospitals Plymouth NHS Trust (UHP) said: "Our attendances are now back to very busy levels.

"Pre-COVID-19, we were often crowded in the Emergency Department and this can absolutely not be allowed to happen with strict social distancing measures in place.

"People cannot be more at risk in the Emergency Department than they would be in the local supermarket.

ask that you to the Department absolutely "Therefore, we would ask that you only come to the Emergency Department if absolutely necessary. "We do want to see you if you have had major trauma or if you are experiencing prolonged chest pain or significant breathing difficulties if you've got signs of a stroke or have severe abdominal pain.

"If you have a less severe problem however such as a minor injury, a rash, back pain, or a joint problem, we ask that you consider other options.

"Please persist in contacting your GP or visit a pharmacist and consider things like; have you used NHS 111? And do you remember that the Nuffield Site is open opposite the main hospital site for minor injury and illness?" The hospital also adds that all patients self-presenting in an emergency to Derriford or Nuffield Minor Injury Unit will have their temperature taken on arrival to screen for the coronavirus. In addition, they say that anyone who has been self-isolating due to the symptoms of the virus should call 111 and not attend the Nuffield site.

Alternatives to visiting the Emergency Department include calling NHS 111 or visiting NHS online at, attending Minor Injury Units at the Cumberland Centre in Devonport and Tavistock, going to the Nuffield Minor Injury Unit, or Calling your GP or Pharmacist.

only We would ask that you only come to the Emergency Department if absolutely necessary.


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Author:AARON GREENAWAY @Plymouth_live
Publication:The Plymouth Herald (Plymouth, England)
Date:Aug 13, 2020
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