The Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust

High demand for A&E - please think before attending

6 January 2015

Leeds Teaching Hospitals is reminding the public to attend A&E only if there is a health emergency after a significant and sustained rise in demand.

Staff at Leeds General Infirmary and St James's University Hospital have been working heroically to meet demand and are urging the public to think before attending A&E and consider alternatives which means they will get faster treatment elsewhere as well as freeing up staff to deal with the most seriously ill patients.

To find out more about alternatives to A&E in the Leeds area click here: 

www.leedscommunityhealthcare.nhs.uk/news/latest_news/choose_well_this_winter/

Suzanne Hinchliffe, Chief Nurse at Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust, said: “In common with the pattern at hospitals around the region and nationally, attendances at our two A&E departments in Leeds have been high throughout the Christmas and New Year period. This demand is continuing into January, putting our services under sustained pressure. 

“A significant proportion of those attending have been seriously ill patients needing admitting which have significantly stretched our capacity despite us opening additional beds as part of our comprehensive winter plan.

“Our staff have been working extremely hard throughout this period to keep services going and to minimise delays for patients. We are working closely with all our partners and are urging the public to help us by using alternatives to A&E unless there is a serious emergency.”