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Two ‘extremely busy’ Yorkshire hospitals issue warning to stay away from A&E


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Two hospitals in South Yorkshire have issued a warning for people to stay away from A&E unless in a genuine medical emergency.

The hospitals, which are “extremely busy”, have said that many people are dealing with long waits to see doctors and have asked that people manage their conditions by seeing a pharmacy or their GP, if it is not an emergency.

Posting on Facebook, Barnsley Hospital NHS Foundation Trust said: “Please be aware we are extremely busy in A&E right now – some people are experiencing very long waits to be seen by a doctor.

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“There are far more people here then we would usually expect, so if you do not require emergency care, please seek other options.”

The hospital advised that “many conditions can be treated at your GP or Pharmacy” and also pointed patients to a web address which helps the determine if a condition is worthy of being seen by an emergency department.

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Doncaster and Bassetlaw Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust posted a similar message on their Facebook page, saying: “Our Emergency Departments are currently busy – if you don’t have an urgent need, please think about services such as the Doncaster Same Day Health Centre – open seven days a week, 10am to 10pm. Give them a ring on 0300 123 3103.”

But the posts were met with some criticism of local GP services, with some saying that they have been struggling to get seen by their local doctor.

One person said: “They need to make GP’s more accessible, it took me 30 minutes and 141 tries only to get a call back appointment for me to describe my daughters condition and the gp to guess if the infection was bacterial or viral.”

And another said: “Maybe if someone had a word with GPs to find out what they’re doing instead of sending them to casualty”.

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Written by: Rother Radio News

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