Lincolnshire health boss has urged the public to look after themselves this summer
Column by Andrew Morgan, chief executive of the United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust
A massive thank you to everyone who has helped to protect the NHS during the pandemic.
By following all of the hands, face, space, fresh air advice and having your Covid-19 vaccination, you have not only protected yourself and those around you, but also the NHS.
Through your actions we have been able to provide emergency care to those who need it most throughout the pandemic. It has also meant that over the last few months we have been able to increase the amount of planned elective care and surgery that we provide to the people of Lincolnshire.
This means that our hospitals are busy and as we all start to prepare for the summer and holidays please continue to keep up to date with all of the advice and we ask that you choose well if you do become poorly.
Call NHS 111 for clinical advice, assessment and for direction to the most appropriate services for treatment. Please consider if you could be helped by visiting your local pharmacy, by contacting your GP, or attending an urgent treatment centre. A&E should only be used for life threatening emergencies.
If you or a member of your family are eligible for a Covid-19 vaccination and haven’t yet taken up the offer, please book an appointment on the NHS website: www.nhs.co.uk to help protect you and those you love.
Anyone coming to our hospitals must follow advice around face coverings and social distancing to keep everyone safe.
If you are a patient and know you are coming in for planned surgery or any other treatment, we would ask that you make plans with your family and friends for your discharge before coming in.
If you have a relative who has come in as an emergency patient, it may be you can help play a part in helping to get them home as soon as they are ready and assist us in our discharge plans.
Those who are visiting should regularly wash their hands, including when they enter and leave ward areas to prevent any potential spread of viruses.
Last week we celebrated the 73rd anniversary of the NHS. The best present you can possibly give is to look after yourself this summer and if you do become unwell and need medical help fast but it’s not a 999 emergency, call NHS 111 for clinical advice, assessment and for direction to the most appropriate services for treatment.