HEALTH managers have pleaded with people to think carefully before attending accident and emergency departments in Lincolnshire hospitals which have been inundated with visits from people who have injured themselves after slipping on ice and snow.
As the bad weather continues United Lincolnshire Hospitals Trust say it is experiencing a high number of attendances and needs the support of the general public to ensure that they can deal with those who need care most urgently.
A spokesman said : “Patients are asked to use the most appropriate treatment for them and only come to A&E if they require emergency care.
“This will enable us to ensure that emergency patients are able to receive the best possible care.
“We would like to reassure patients that if they need to be admitted to hospital they will get attention.”
NHS Lincolnshire says there are a number of steps that people can take to ensure that they have the right treatment before considering whether a visit to A&E is necessary.
This can be through self care and treatment at home with over the counter remedies, or by visitng the pharmacist who can treat some ailments such as coughs, colds, sore throats and earaches.
In addition there is also NHS Direct on 08454647 which offers advice on all health symptoms and referrals to other health care professionals if more specialised advice is needed.
Doctors’ surgeries are also on hand to deal with illnesses and medical problems.
The NHS says that if a patient’s symptoms have not improved after a week then the advice is to ring their local surgery on the doctor’s usual number whatever time it is either day or night.
There is also the urgent but non emergency number 111 which is available to take calls and give urgent care fast to those without life threatening symptoms..