A&E pushed to limit

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THE HOT weather has pushed Wigan Infirmary to its limit according to health chiefs.

The continuing spell of boiling temperatures saw the Accident & Emergency department put under extreme pressure as bosses urge people to take care.

For the past week, Wrightington Wigan Leigh NHS Foundation Trust (WWL) have urged people not to attend A&E unless it is an absolute emergency, but more and more people are continuing to put the department under strain.

A spokeswoman for WWL said: “We are asking people for their support to make sure that we can give urgent and emergency care to those people who need it most. We need the public to think twice and make sure they choose the right service for minor illnesses, ailments and injuries and utilise other services such as out of hours GPs. The public should only attend A&E if they have a serious health condition and in a genuine emergency. We are asking the public to ensure they keep hydrated during the warm weather conditions this week and try and limit your alcohol consumption.”

The North West Ambulance Service (NWAS) is also pleading with the public to take extra care.

NWAS Director of Emergency Services, Derek Cartwright, said: “We all want to enjoy the warm weather but no-one wants to spend a warm evening in an accident and emergency department. During the summer, we traditionally see a rise in the number of cases such as assaults and falls due to alcohol misuse, accidents with barbecues and children who go swimming in lakes and rivers, so we would urge people to think carefully about what they are doing.”

Drink regularly, stay out of the sun and stay cool is the message from health chiefs.