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Increased demand in Emergency Departments

Our Emergency Departments (A&Es) at both Wexham Park and Frimley Park hospitals are currently experiencing an increasing level of demand and it’s felt this is likely to continue throughout this weekend.

We are asking people to only attend if they are experiencing severe symptoms or are suffering from a life-threatening condition.

If you or a family member suffers an injury or becomes unwell, please dial 111 in the first instance.

Dr John Seymour, deputy medical director at Frimley Health, said: “Our Emergency Departments at Wexham Park and Frimley Park hospitals are currently experiencing an increased level of demand and I do anticipate this is likely to continue in to the weekend.

“Therefore we would like to remind patients to use alternative ways to access medical care, unless it is a life-threatening situation. If you attend one of our Emergency Departments for a non life-threatening condition, you may experience long waiting times to be seen.”

Following a call to 111, they may advise you to contact your GP or its out-of-hours service or attend the Bracknell Minor Injuries Unit in London Road which is open 8am to 8pm, seven days a week.

It is important to note that the minor injury service is only for conditions such as the following:

  • Sprains and strains
  • Suspected broken limbs
  • Minor head injuries
  • Cuts and grazes
  • Bites and stings
  • Minor scalds and burns
  • Skin infections

Anyone with a life-threatening condition should call 999.

ENDS

Notes to editor: The following spokespeople are available for interview:

 

Frimley Health and Care

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