Teesside’s biggest hospital is reminding patients that A&E doesn’t mean Absolutely Everything this Bank Holiday weekend – and minor illnesses or injuries can be treated more quickly elsewhere.
The James Cook University Hospital could be even busier than usual this May Bank Holiday, as the Tour De Yorkshire event comes to Middlesbrough.
Julie Suckling, service manager for the urgent and emergency care centre, said: “The May Bank Holidays are often busy times for our A&E departments, but this coming weekend also coincides with Tour De Yorkshire. This could mean the department is even busier than usual at times.
“We always urge patients to go elsewhere with minor illnesses and injuries, as we are a Major Trauma Centre and must prioritise the most seriously ill and injured first.
“But this weekend, it is particularly important patients think self-care, pharmacies, NHS 111, GP walk-in centres and Redcar Primary Care Hospital’s Minor Injuries Unit first.”
Patients can also help ease pressures on the NHS across the region, by ensuring they are well-stocked with their regular prescription medications ahead of the holiday weekend.
A&E departments coped extremely well during the junior doctors strike, with South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust’s medical director Richard Wight praising the “wide variety of staff” who came together to ensure safe care continued throughout the industrial action, which took place between 8am and 5pm on Tuesday and Wednesday.
Mr Wight said: “A wide variety of staff have contributed to ensure care remains safe. For emergency care, it has very much been business as usual.”
The trust would also like to assure patients those who need access to emergency care will still be able to get to James Cook University Hospital on Sunday 1 May, when a rolling road block is in place on Marton Road between 10.45am and 11.45am, as the Tour De Yorkshire leaves Middlesbrough.
Those who hope to visit relatives or who have appointments between 10.30am and 12pm are urged to keep in mind the road closure and arrive at hospital early, or defer to the afternoon.
Road closures in Hambleton on Sunday 1 May
|Stokesley High Street, West Street and West End||11.15am||7pm|
|A19 Black Swan Junction (Hutton Rudby turn) northbound and southbound||10.45am||1pm|
|Northallerton High Street from the Quaker Lane roundabout to Zetland Street (Access to Northallerton Applegarth from Friarage Street via the Town Hall roundabout will be possible from 8am – 10.30am and from 2pm – 7pm)||8am||7pm|
|A170 Sutton Bank||10am||4pm|
|A170 eastbound Thirsk to Sutton Bank (local access only from 2pm)||11.30am||4pm|
|A170 westbound Sutton Bank to Thirsk (local access only from 2pm)||12.30pm||4pm|
|A170 eastbound Sutton Bank to Duncombe Park||12.30pm||4pm|
|A170 westbound Duncombe Park to Sutton Bank||12pm||4pm|
Unlike in Middlesbrough, the cycle route does not go directly past the Friarage Hospital in Northallerton, but some surrounding roads en-route to the hospital may be closed and patients and visitors should check local press or radio for details of road closures. Again, ambulances on a blue light will always be able to get through.
The trust is also working with medical staff to ensure those who are on call to provide care will not be disrupted by the road closure.
For more information, visit Middlesbrough Council’s guide to the Tour and http://letour.yorkshire.com/