Wexham Park A&E experiencing 'increasing levels of demand'

Shay Bottomley

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The Emergency Department (A&E) at Wexham Park Hospital is currently experiencing an increasing level of demand, Frimley Health NHS Foundation Trust has announced.

Residents are being asked to only attend if they are experiencing severe symptoms or are suffering from a life-threatening condition as these high levels of demand are expected to continue throughout the weekend.

The Trust reminded residents to dial 111 in the first instance for minor injuries or illnesses, with ‘long waiting times’ expected for those who attend A&E with a non life-threatening condition.

Following a call to 111, residents may be advised to contact their local GP surgery, its out-of-hours service, or, alternatively, 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

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 into the weekend.

“Therefore, we would like to remind patients to use alternative ways to access medical care, unless it is a life-threatening situation.”

Anyone with a life-threatening condition should call 999.

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  • Pursuer

    11:31, 17 March 2022

    This is sadly how the way patient care has declined - whoever you ring you are told to contact someone else.

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  • MelaniePerry

    MelaniePerry

    06:55, 12 March 2022

    This is because going to A&E is the only way to see a doctor. GP’s like my ones in Cookham are still using E-Consult (and it takes a WEEK between initial enquiry for a GP to get back to you). Everyone else is back to work. Why not GPs? My dentist only closed for the first 3 months of the pandemic. You’d think they’d be more at risk being in close contact with open mouths yet we don’t hear of dentists dropping like flies. There is NO EXCUSE for GPs not to be seeing patients face to face as usual. THEY are the ones who are putting additional stress on A &E departments. The GPs who are still refusing to go back to ‘business as usual’ should be thoroughly ashamed of themselves.

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    • robcorb

      22:45, 15 March 2022

      Melanie Perry is 100% correct. My GP surgery sent me a text last week to warn me that local A&Es were very busy. If you could actually see a doctor at my surgery then A&E wouldn't be so busy...

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