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People asked to avoid A&E after 'high demand' for beds at Lincoln County Hospital

By HGilbey_LE  |  Posted: December 09, 2013

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People are being asked to avoid A&E at Lincoln County Hospital unless absolutely necessary, following a sudden 'high demand' for beds.

The United Lincolnshire Hospitals Trust says it is having to take action to ease the pressure.

Staff have been put on additional ward rounds to make sure those who are well enough are discharged, to help free up beds.

The hospital says it is also liaising with GPs in the county to make sure patients aren't referred there when they don't need hospital care.

Patients with less severe medical conditions are being treated at community based facilities where possible.

People are being asked to call the NHS 111 number or see a GP or pharmacist for any problems if possible.

Those with minor injuries are being encouraged to see their local walk-in centre before heading to A&E.

However ULHT says "no single incident has caused this pressure" on hospital services.

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  • Pete67  |  December 12 2013, 4:59PM

    dean44 - - - As usual done to save money, and never mind people's lives.

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  • dean44  |  December 10 2013, 12:06PM

    should never of closed st George hospital and many of the others around Lincolnshire this would not of happened then, the government and the pen pushers management have ruined our once great nhs

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  • dean44  |  December 10 2013, 11:35AM

    this time last year I was in hospital very poorly week intensive care then moved to ward, what I heard and saw was shocking , I got chatting to a elderly man who was basically just dumped in a n e and his family had gone off on holiday , he had collapsed in his flat , he was not eating right and could not get warm due to struggling with heating costs etc. I also heard a lot of the nursing homes seem to drop a lot of there responsibilities off on the hospital at this time of year to apparently it happens this time every year, I think it is absolutely ruddy disgusting how are elderly are treated these days , and also the hospital seems to have to many pen pushers what I could see and not enough doctors and nurses, ward closures to was another thing , and bedding shortage , well rant over and our mps want a 11 per cent rise knowing this is going off allover our country shame on them

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  • Hertsman  |  December 10 2013, 10:42AM

    Is there any joined up thinking within the highly paid management structure of the NHS. The programme of A&E downgrading across the county, in favour of centres of excellence, results in an increase at centres like Lincoln, because that is where ambulances take you. So where else are you supposed to go? These peaks, where Lincoln A & E, cannot cope have been happening for several years as I know to my cost. The service is just under-funded, under-staffed and badly managed. The only thing keeping it going is a dedicated team of carers.

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