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South Holland patients urged to call 111 before heading to Boston Hospital which is treating high numbers of patients at A&E

Hospitals which serve South Holland patients have been under pressure in recent days as winter hits.

United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust, which runs Pilgrim Hospital in Boston, has seen high number of patients at its Accident and Emergency department.

Winter is always a busy time for hospitals, who face issues with staffing, discharges and large numbers of people seeking help, so patients are first encouraged to explore other options before heading to A&E.

Boston's Pilgrim Hospital (15087858)
Boston's Pilgrim Hospital (15087858)


Director of Operations Simon Evans said earlier: “We are currently in a better position than we were this time yesterday, with our clinical and managerial teams having worked tirelessly to treat the increased number of patients needing our services.

"We are still under pressure and are continuing to see high numbers of patients coming to our emergency departments many of which require admission.

“Some patients who do not have immediately life-threatening conditions may experience long waits as we will always prioritise the sickest patients. If someone has a long wait to be seen, it will always be because there is someone who needs our help and care more urgently.

“Thank you to all of our staff who have gone above and beyond to ensure safe care for our patients whilst under pressure and also to our health, social care and charity partners who have supported us throughout this time and continue to do so.

“I would ask that people choose well and consider going to their pharmacist, GP, you can also use the ASAPLincs website or app, or call NHS111 for advice where appropriate.”

Last week the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in King's Lynn asked people to think twice before visiting due to flu cases.

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