Lincolnshire residents urged to only attend A&E in emergencies to ease pressure
People are being asked to attend hospital A & E departments in emergencies only because of the pressure on services.
United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust is experiencing high demand across all sites due to a rise in the number of emergencies throughout Lincolnshire and neighbouring counties.
People in Lincolnshire who need medical help fast, but are unsure what health service to use, can call the NHS on 111, 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
Michelle Rhodes, director of operations, said: "Staff within our hospitals continue to work hard to care for patients under the additional pressure.
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"By choosing an alternative NHS service that could be more appropriate for their symptoms, patients can get treated quicker while helping to ease the pressure on A&E departments.
Patients are asked to consider treating aches, pains coughs and colds at home.
They are also advised to ask a pharmacist for over the counter remedies for allergies, constipation, cold and flu symptoms, using a walk-in centre or minor injuries unit or calling their GP.