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4 February 2014, 16:26
People across the Greater Peterborough area are being asked to consider whether their illness or ailment is really urgent before they seek treatment from the Emergency Department at Peterborough City Hospital.
The hospital has experienced a significant rise in the number of patients being admitted as an emergency.
The Emergency Department is extremely busy and people are being warned that those attending with ‘non-urgent’ conditions are in for a much longer wait than usual as patients are prioritised according to how poorly they are.
In some cases, patients who could be treated at the Minor Illness and Injuries Unit in Peterborough or the Minor Injuries Unit at Stamford Hospital will be asked to attend there instead.
John Randall, medical director at Peterborough and Stamford Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, told Heart: "Given the increased demand for emergency treatment, we would remind people to consider whether they should seek help from other healthcare services first, such as their pharmacist, GP or local Minor Injuries Unit.
The current emergency pressures at Peterborough City Hospital means there are also a lack of beds for patients due to attend hospital for planned surgery, which has led to 26 non-urgent elective operations being cancelled today (4 Feb). However, all clinically-urgent and cancer surgeries are still taking place.
John Randall added: "I would like to apologise to those patients who have had routine surgery cancelled and appreciate that this inconvenient, as people usually plan their lives around such a major event. We will do our utmost to ensure these operations are rescheduled as soon as possible."