Follow the guidance and protect our hospitals

People across Lancashire, including Blackpool, Fylde and Wyre, are being asked to do their bit and follow the latest restrictions to reduce the amount of pressure local hospitals are under.

As Lancashire is moved into the ‘Tier 3’ COVID alert level, people are being urged follow the Government guidance to keep everyone safe and reduce the rate of infection in our local communities.

People should be reassured that the NHS across Lancashire and South Cumbria is open, hospitals are safe and are continuing to provide care for non-COVID-19 patients.

Dr Amanda Doyle OBE, chief clinical officer for the Fylde Coast CCGs and chief officer for the Lancashire and South Cumbria Integrated Care System, said:

 

“We are very concerned about the rising infection rates in Lancashire and South Cumbria. We all need to be aware of this worsening local situation, our hospitals are under a huge amount of pressure. As the number of COVID-19 admissions are rising steeply, it is important we take action now to protect our hospitals.

 

“We want to emphasise that all hospitals within Lancashire and South Cumbria are working together and have worked to put strong escalation measures in place. Hospitals are following strict social distancing and hygiene measures to allow people to access care safely and we have temporarily restricted hospital visiting. We understand the frustrations this creates for patients and their families and appreciate their continued support.

 

“We would like to thank our local NHS staff, who are pulling together and we will get through this.”

The more the virus spreads and increases COVID admissions, the less hospitals will be able to offer urgent elective surgeries.

If necessary, local hospitals will prioritise the most clinically urgent procedures – but this isn’t a course of action they want to have to take.

Anyone with concerns should continue to come forward for help and treatment. People must follow the guidance so everyone can access the healthcare they need.

Don’t take unnecessary risks – follow the advice to think hands, face, space.

If you need advice but it is not an emergency, you can access NHS 111 online or call NHS 111 or contact your GP. Face coverings should be worn at all times inside hospitals, GP practices and pharmacies, unless you are exempt from wearing one.

Find out more about the restrictions in Lancashire here → Tier 3 restrictions.