Patients told not to visit Whiston Hospital A&E ‘unless it’s essential’

Whiston Hospital
Whiston Hospital

Health chiefs in St Helens are encouraging people to only attend Whiston Hospital accident and emergency if it is essential.

Dr Terry Hankin, deputy medical director at St Helens and Knowsley Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust, said: “Whiston Hospital’s Accident and Emergency Department is, like all others in the region, currently extremely busy with many patients experiencing unavoidably long delays.

“We apologise for this and would like to remind the public about alternative health care options available at this time such as Walk-In Centres, Pharmacists, GPs, calling NHS 111 or using the Examine Your Options website www.examineyouroptions.info.”

Urgent Care and Walk-in Centres or Out of Hours GP services can all treat minor injuries including but not limited to⦁ cuts and grazes,⦁ sprains and strains, bites and stings, infected wounds, minor head injuries, eye problems such as minor infections, abdominal pain, fever, water infections, rashes, and diarrhoea and vomiting.