NHS Nottingham and Nottinghamshire step down critical incident and encourage public to continue to use NHS services wisely, including Newark Urgent Treatment Centre and A&E departments
The NHS has stood down its critical incident in the county after eight days.
Through system working and the positive actions of the public so far, NHS Nottingham and Nottinghamshire has seen a reduction in hospital bed admissions and an increase in discharge levels.
It has helped with capacity across the system and meant it has been able to stand down the critical incident which was declared on Wednesday, January 3.
Dr Dave Briggs, medical director at NHS Nottingham and Nottinghamshire said: “We are grateful to everyone who has taken steps to help over the past week, this has meant we have been able to stand down the critical incident. We would like to thank our incredible teams across the health and social care sector for their efforts in keeping the public safe. Our NHS and social care staff have worked tirelessly to maintain services.
“Please continue to support your local NHS by choosing the right services, only attending A&E when it is a genuine emergency and by making sure you stay protected. We would particularly encourage those eligible for MMR, flu and covid vaccinations to take up the offer of a free vaccinations as these illnesses are circulating.”
However, the NHS continues to face pressures due to staff shortages, general winter pressures and seasonal illnesses circulating.
GPs and emergency departments continue to see high numbers of patients and there remain a range of steps the public can take to help — and they are asked to continue to choose the correct NHS service as well as getting protected against seasonal illnesses.
The NHS website has information on a range of conditions, with advice on how to treat them at home or where to get appropriate help.
Pharmacies can offer over-the-counter advice and treat common illnesses, and NHS 111 is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week via NHS 111 online or by dialling 111 from any phone.
A trained operator will make sure callers are seen in the right place and by the right person, and can book out of hours GP appointments.
Newark Urgent Treatment Centre is open 9am to 10pm, with the last patient seen at 9.30pm.