The Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust

Rise in admissions prompts hospital plea to urge public to keep A&E for real emergencies

26 February 2014

Leeds Teaching Hospitals are asking for the public to help keep A&E for real emergencies after a rise in attendances and hospital admissions over the past weeks.


Staff at Leeds General Infirmary and St James’s University Hospital continue to see patients attending A&E with relatively minor problems, meaning more seriously ill people who need treatment can be delayed from receiving prompt care.


High demand for beds has led to increased pressure throughout the two Leeds hospitals. The Trust is working closely with its partners including GPs and community and social care providers to ensure more patients who are fit to do so can be discharged.


People with cold and flu symptoms as well as winter sickness are being advised to keep away from the hospitals, as they can spread bugs to others, potentially risking the lives of vulnerable patients


Mark Smith, Chief Operating Officer for Leeds Teaching Hospitals said: “Many people still view A&E as an alternative to the GP when they cannot get an appointment. This in turn means that our A&E departments are seeing relatively minor complaints that would be better dealt with by GPs, in pharmacies or simply at home with self-care.”


“If you’re unsure about what is the best service for you, call the NHS 111 service, and they will advise you on the best care pathway for you.”


Dr Steve Bush, Clinical Director for Urgent Care said: “Minor problems such as small cuts, headaches and stomach aches can be dealt with by your GP or Pharmacist, and many other less serious health problems can be sorted out at minor injury units in Middleton and Otley or the GP walk-in centre at Burmantofts.


“At this time of year seasonal illnesses are on the rise and it is also very important to avoid coming to A&E with conditions such as colds, flu and diarrhoea, you are likely to pass on the infection and are potentially risking the lives of people much more vulnerable to these conditions, so we ask that you stay away unless it is urgent.”


People across the city are being advised to visit