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High Levels of Demand at Wigan A&E – Hospital extremely busy

Newsdate: 28 April 2014

The A&E department at Wigan Infirmary is currently experiencing high levels of demand. We are urging the public please not to visit A&E unless they have been involved in an accident or it’s a life threatening emergency.   If you do attend with a minor injury or ailment you may have to wait a significant period of time. The high demands in A&E are putting extreme pressure on other services we provide at the hospital and on our wards and departments and it has unfortunately been necessary to cancel some planned operations to ensure that we can treat the number of patients coming through our doors. All our beds are currently full and we are working closely with our partners across health and social care within the borough to try to address the situation.

Fiona Noden, Director of Operations said ‘The A&E department at Wigan Infirmary has been extremely busy over the weekend and this is continuing today.  This is impacting on the other services we provide and I am appealing to the public for their understanding as we are doing everything we can to alleviate the situation.  Everyone will benefit if we can give urgent and emergency care to the people most in need. We are therefore appealing to the public to think twice and make sure they choose the right service for minor illnesses, ailments and injuries. The public should only attend A&E if they have a serious health condition or in a genuine emergency.”

Fiona continues: “I would like to pay tribute to all our staff who are working in such a challenging and demanding environment. Despite working under significant pressure they are at all times putting the needs of our patients first.”

We want to ensure all patients receive the right care, at the right time and in the right location. And A&E is not the right choice for minor conditions. Please consider all of the healthcare options available to you before coming to A&E. Make an appointment with your GP, attend the Walk-in Centre at Leigh, or speak to your local pharmacist. If you need non-emergency medical help outside of your GP opening hours, please contact the Out-of-Hours service on 01942 829911.