Peterborough City Hospital has declared a major incident - They are reporting that all beds are full. Nineteen patients awaiting admission for treatment, are currently on trollies in A&E corridors.
Anyone considering attending A&E or calling for an ambulance should ideally first, consult their GP or NHS 111 - if at all possible!
NHS 111 is a free number to call when you have an urgent healthcare need. It hopefully directs you to the right local service, first time.
It is available across the whole of England, and designed to make it easier for you to access urgent healthcare services when you need medical help.
It is available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Calls are free from landlines and mobile phones.
When should you call it?
- You need medical help fast, but it’s not a 999 emergency
- You don’t know who to call for medical help or you don’t have a GP to call
- You think you need to go to A&E or another NHS urgent care service but are not sure which one is most appropriate; or
- You require health advice or reassurance about what to do next
- When you call 111 you will be assessed by fully trained advisers who are supported by experienced nurses and paramedics. They will ask you questions to assess your symptoms and give you the healthcare advice you need or direct you to the local service that can help you best.
- If the NHS 111 team think you need an ambulance, they will send one immediately.
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