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Our NHS Under ‘Unprecedented Pressure’

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‘Use health and care services wisely’ – that’s the advice coming from our local NHS hospitals at the moment.

The news comes as hospitals such as the James Paget, continue to experience unprecedented pressure because of the pandemic.

People in east Suffolk are being asked to do all they can at the moment, including using online services where possible.

Health leaders have thanked local people for the many ways they have responded to the pressures on our health and care services in 2021 – and are urging people to continue to help the NHS in 2022.

Health and care workers across our local area are working tirelessly together to keep services running to support loved ones, our neighbours, and our communities.

Winter is always a time of pressure for NHS services and even more so this year with the threat of the new COVID-19 Omicron variant.

Cath Byford, Chief Nurse at NHS Norfolk and Waveney Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) said: “Our local health and care services are facing some of the most significant and sustained pressures they have faced in recent years”.

It is really important people do not delay seeking help from the NHS if they feel unwell.  However, with local health services increasingly stretched people are being urged to only attend an Emergency Department if it’s absolutely necessary. The best way to get the medical help you need is to think NHS 111 first. Phone NHS 111 or visit 111.nhs.uk for anything that feels urgent, or if you are unsure what to do. They can direct you to the most appropriate place. In life-threatening emergencies dial 999.

There is high demand for all health and care services, and we are preparing for further increases in the number of Covid cases locally. It is vital we keep beds in our acute hospitals free for people needing urgent and emergency treatment, our community hospitals free to provide continuing care, and our ambulances on the road able to respond to emergency calls.



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