HEALTH: Medics seek public support in accessing urgent care

By Lucy Ashton

Two years since the first national lockdown was put in place, clinicians at NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde are calling on the public not to attend busy A&Es unless their condition is very urgent or life-threatening.

An increase in community transmission of COVID-19 has seen significant numbers of patients admitted to hospitals – and staffing challenges caused with colleagues infected or impacted by COVID – create a ‘perfect storm’, increasing pressure on already busy A&E departments.

Dr Scott Davidson, Deputy Medical Director at NHSGGC, said: “It’s two years since the first national lockdown and we’re still very much in the grip of COVID. Our hospitals are almost at capacity and our A&Es are extremely busy.

“This is as serious as it gets. Our teams are under significant pressure and we need the public to show support by only attending A&E if your condition is very urgent or life threatening.”

Dr Davidson added that by accessing the right care, in the right place, patients will be able to avoid lengthy waits in A&E departments, getting treatment or advice more quickly.

With face covering restrictions still in place and vulnerable patients and staff still at risk of infection, Dr Davidson urged anyone who does attend our acute sites to continue to wear face coverings.

He added: “We’re also asking anyone who is attending our sites to continue to wear a face covering. COVID is rife within our communities and we need to protect patients and staff as much as possible – so please, keep wearing a face covering in our hospitals and health facilities to keep your friends and family safe.”

Dr Davidson concluded by showing his appreciation for the frontline team after what has been a challenging two years.

He added: “I want to thank our teams for the incredible work they are doing, under considerable pressure. Their commitment to high quality, patient-centred care throughout the health emergency has been second to none.”

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