NHS Forth Valley facing “toughest winter yet”
Written by centralfmnews on December 24, 2021
We’re being warned to avoid A&E departments for non-urgent treatment – as NHS Forth Valley say they’re facing their “toughest winter yet”.
There are higher than usual levels of patients facing discharge delays – as well as high rates of coronavirus.
They’re concerned A&E departments could be overwhelmed.
NHS Forth Valley’s Medical Director, Andrew Murray, explained: “Winter is always a very busy time for health service, but this year we face extra pressures due to the ongoing pandemic and the worrying emergence of the new Omicron variant which is spreading rapidly across the country. We are therefore asking local people to take a few simple steps to ensure they are prepared in the run up to the festive period and access the health services and advice available to help them get the right care in the right place this winter.
“This will help keep avoid long waits and prevent our Emergency Department from becoming overcrowded. It will also free up our ED staff to deliver care as quickly as possible to those patients most in need of our help.”