We are increasingly concerned about the significant increases in Covid-19 admissions. NHS services in Lancashire and South Cumbria are under a huge amount of pressure, but they remain open.
As Covid admissions in our hospitals rise, it is important that we continue to provide services for our patients for treatments such as cancer and routine appointments. Patient safety remains of the highest importance. Anyone with concerns should continue to come forward for help and treatment. It is important that unless you are contacted, you should continue to attend your appointment as planned.
We want to emphasise that all hospitals within Lancashire and South Cumbria are working together and have plans in place to manage increased demand on our services. All hospitals are following strict social distancing and hygiene measures.
We are asking patients with minor injuries to please contact NHS111 first, rather than coming straight to the emergency department. For all other medical issues use 111.nhs.uk (opens in new window) or call NHS 111, where you will be directed to the most appropriate place for your care. In an emergency and for life threatening conditions, call 999.
GP practices have introduced new ways of working since the start of the pandemic in order to protect staff and patients from the risk of infection. These measures, such as making clinical assessments of which patients can be diagnosed remotely via video or telephone and which patients need to be seen in a face-to-face appointment, continue to be incredibly important as the Covid-19 incidence rate rises within our communities. Without these sorts of measures and without the cooperation of patients, the challenge faced by local practices would be even greater.
We are aware of the psychological strain Covid-19 has on our teams. The Lancashire and South Cumbria Resilience Hub is now in place to support those who have worked through the Covid-19 pandemic, including healthcare workers, blue light workers, council staff, volunteers, care home staff and all public sector workers and their families. If you are in one of these staff groups and are struggling, please call 01772 520228 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
We continue to ask local people to take action now and follow the government guidance to keep everyone safe and reduce the rate of infection in our local communities.