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25 January 2016 at 17:06
Hospital officials are urging people to avoid using A&E unless their condition is serious or life threatening.
Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust is experiencing a high demand for hospital beds.
This is resulting in some patients experiencing long delays in A&E and in waiting for admission to a hospital bed.
In these challenging circumstances, anyone thinking of using A&E should examine their options carefully and consider using other NHS services.
Jeanette Abraham, Assistant Director of Operations, Southport and Ormskirk NHS Hospital Trust said: “We are experiencing a high demand for hospital beds. We urge people to use A&E wisely and think carefully before calling an ambulance.
“A&E is for people facing life-threatening and serious emergencies such as serious accidents, serious burns, breathing problems, heart attacks and strokes.
“Coughs, colds, sore throats, upset stomachs, general aches and pains, and flu will usually clear up on their own. Keep warm, drink plenty of fluids and, if appropriate, treat with over-the-counter painkillers such as paracetamol.
“Contact a GP or a GP out of hours service for help with injuries or illnesses that won’t go away.
"Alternatively, West Lancashire Health Centre at Ormskirk hospital and Skelmersdale NHS Walk-in Centre at The Concourse are open all year round. Please note the last appointment to see a nurse is an hour before closing time.
“Local pharmacies and the NHS Choices website are also a good source of information and advice.
“We would also always ask people to ‘Choose Well’ when it comes to selecting the most appropriate health services for their need.”
Issued by Dickie Felton
Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust
Telephone     01704 705061
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Notes for editors
  1. Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust manages Southport and Formby District General Hospital and Ormskirk and District General Hospital, and is responsible for many community healthcare services for adults in Southport, Formby and West Lancashire. We also provide sexual health services across Sefton and West Lancashire. The North West Regional Spinal Injuries is operated by the Trust at Southport hospital.  In 2014/15, we saw 270,141 outpatients; treated 59,808 inpatients; made 280,831 home visits in the community; supported the birth of 2,747 babies; and attended to 110,620 urgent care cases. The Trust employs 3,472 staff.