The Trust Board and Governors at Salisbury District Hospital want to thank its staff and the public for responding so positively to the recent pressure on hospital services and to remind people of how best to access health services over the winter.
Emergency attendances have remained quite high and the hospital has seen an increase in the number of people with serious and complex conditions coming through its Medical Assessment Unit who need to be admitted to hospital.
Peter Hill, Chief Executive said: “While we have been working closely with colleagues in the community and in social care to ease the pressure on hospital services we want to take this opportunity to praise our staff who have worked tirelessly to provide the very best care that they can for their patients. We also want to thank local people who have been very understanding and have thought very carefully about the best use of NHS services this winter.”
Mr Hill added: “Please can we remind people to continue to think carefully about how they use local NHS services and only use A&E for emergency treatment. For urgent medical needs that are not emergencies please contact your GP or the 111 service which is the free national phone number. The 111 service can provide advice at any time on where and how to receive the most appropriate treatment. Local pharmacists are also a good source of information, advice and treatment for a wide range of minor ailments.”
For further information please contact:
Salisbury NHS Foundation Trust
Tel: 01722 425170