Only go to A&E if “absolutely necessary” urge the Queen Elizabeth Hospital at King’s Lynn, which has seen a spike in demand

Queen Elizabeth Hospital King's Lynn

Queen Elizabeth Hospital King's Lynn - Credit: Archant

The Queen Elizabeth Hospital at King’s Lynn has appealed for the public’s help in dealing with a spike in demand

Chief operating manager Karen Croker said: “Over the last couple of days, the hospital has once again seen significant numbers of acutely ill patients arriving at A&E.

“We are appealing for the public’s help in dealing with this spike in demand and would ask them to only attend A&E if absolutely necessary.

“All 57 escalation beds within the West Norfolk healthcare system are currently in use.

“Our A&E department continues to treat large numbers of frail, elderly and acutely ill people, who require admittance to hospital.

You may also want to watch:

“This demand for beds combined with the high number of medically fit patients we are also treating, has created a substantial amount of pressure.

“Patient safety remains our top priority and our staff are working tirelessly to ensure the continued smooth operation of our hospital.

Most Read

“We continue to work with our partners across the health and social care system to ensure we remain able to proactively manage this spike in demand for our services and discharge all medically fit patients to relieve the pressure on our bed base.

“We would appeal to the public to help our staff during this busy time to consider their options before setting out for A&E.

“We would never deter anyone from seeking medical treatment but would encourage people first to dial NHS 111 for advice or consider other options for minor ailments.

“We also ask that people who have experienced diarrhoea or vomiting in the past 48 hours refrain from visiting the hospital unless it is a medical emergency to help prevent Norovirus entering the hospital.”

Become a Supporter

This newspaper has been a central part of community life for many years. Our industry faces testing times, which is why we're asking for your support. Every contribution will help us continue to produce local journalism that makes a measurable difference to our community.

Become a Supporter