are very busy so A&E's are asking:- "Please only attend if you really need to!"
DOCTORS and nurses at the Royal
Liverpool University Hospital are urging the people of Liverpool to think
about whether they could be treated elsewhere before coming to the emergency
department and are asking for their support during this busy period.
All hospitals are experiencing increased attendances.
Dr Kate Clark, emergency medicine consultant, said:- "We are seeing
large numbers of patients and the department is very busy. There are many
other ways of getting the healthcare you need and many illnesses and
injuries don't need to be treated in a hospital. There are lots of good
support services out there, including NHS 111 and your GP. There are
lots of very unwell people who do need our care and treatment. We really
need the support of the people of Liverpool to allow us to look after the
people who need us. Please think about whether you really need our care and
treatment." There are a range of different healthcare providers in Liverpool that people
can access if they have concerns about their health.
Here's a guide to local health services:-
Your Local GP
Your GP should be your first point of contact for non-emergency illnesses
you can't treat yourself. Your GP is available from 8.00am to 6.30pm
weekdays, with same day appointments available, if necessary. Many GPs
across the city are offering more appointments during the winter period. If
you don't have a GP, you can register with your local surgery. If you're not
sure where this is, you can find out at:-
NHS.UK or call:- 0300 77 77 007.
GP Out of Hours Service
If your local surgery is closed, you can still see a GP with the GP
out-of-hours service; just contact your local practice and your call will be
re-directed. GP out of hours services in Liverpool are provided across the
city. Most of the doctors who provide this service also work in local
practices. It's very likely that you and your family will be seen and
treated more quickly using the out of hours service than if you were waiting
to see a doctor in A&E, especially at busy times.
You can also access treatment quickly by considering one of these
When you need medical help or advice fast, but it is not a 999 emergency,
you can also call the NHS 111 service. NHS 111 is available 24 hours a day,
365 days a year and calls are free from mobiles and landlines.
NHS Walk In Centres
Walk-in centres provide treatment 365 days a year for illnesses that you
can't treat yourself and there's no need to book an appointment. Opening
times and locations are
Your local pharmacy can offer free, confidential and expert advice on a
range of health issues. They can help you prepare for many of the common
illnesses like coughs and colds and ensure you have a well stocked medicine
cabinet over the holiday period.
► NHS Choices Website
You can find a wealth of advice about hundreds of health conditions, details
of GPs, pharmacies and dentists in your local area by visiting the NHS
5 things the NHS recommend you do to Stay Well this
► Make sure you get your flu jab.
► Keep your home at least 18°C (65°F).
► Take advantage of financial schemes and discounts to help you pay for
► Visit your local pharmacist as soon as you start to feel unwell.
► Look out for other people who may need a bit of extra help over the winter.
NHS.Org.UK/Staywell for more information
Princess Royal visits
Liverpool to learn about support for victims of CSE
HER Royal Highness The Princess
Royal visited Liverpool to find out 1st hand how an innovative partnership
working across Merseyside and Cheshire is tackling child sexual exploitation
The visit to St George's Hall, organised and hosted by the charity and
social business Catch22, celebrated the local organisations making a real
impact supporting children who are victims of sexual exploitation.
The event was also attended by Liverpool's Lord Mayor Tony Concepcion, Lady
Mayoress Ann Concepcion, the Vice Lord Lieutenant of Merseyside, Mr David
McDonnell CBE DL and the Deputy Police Crime Commissioner, Councillor Sue
Catch22 provides support to children who go missing and/or are victims of
sexual exploitation. It works with a range of agencies and partners
including local authorities and the Police to prevent and tackle child
Guests heard from Catch22 managers and frontline staff and other experts,
including speakers from the charity, Missing People, and local commissioner
Clare Myring, as well having an opportunity to meet parents and carers to
learn about what works in providing support and keeping children safe:-
► Building high quality relationships with children and young people,
listening to them and persisting in gaining their trust
► Supporting and engaging parents and carers as well as educating them about
social media and how to support children and young people to be safe.
► Working in partnership and building trusting relationships with partners and
colleagues to ensure that the services provided meet young people's and
Catch22's Pan Cheshire team recently received the Children and Young People
Now Partnership Working Award for their exceptional work supporting
vulnerable children and young people who go missing from home or care and/or
who are victims of sexual exploitation. The award recognises the:- "outstanding
multi-agency project or team that has made the most demonstrable improvement
to people's lives."
Catch22 Chief Executive Chris Wright, said:- "We are delighted to host
our Patron HRH Princess Anne here in Liverpool today. She has taken a keen
interest in our work over the years and her support is hugely valued in
highlighting importance causes such as this. To truly support both victims
and communities to overcome and prevent this terrible crime, we have put
relationships at the core of our approach. Through listening to victims
themselves we have built an in-depth understanding of the context in which
children go missing and/or are experiencing sexual exploitation, and the
effective ways we can provide support. Strong partnerships with local
agencies, including police, are also crucial to ensure our support
transcends the borders between local authorities and supports children to be
safe, wherever they are."
Catch22 also works across Merseyside providing intensive support and
protection to youngsters affected by CSE. This service has been commissioned
by Merseyside's Police Commissioner as part of Victim Care Merseyside, a
package of care and support for those affected by crime in the region.
Deputy Police and Crime Commissioner Cllr Sue Murphy said:- "I was
honoured to join this really important event attended by Her Royal Highness,
the Princess Royal, to shine a spotlight on the innovative work being done
to help young victims of sexual exploitation recover and rebuild their
I visited Catch22's Wirral team in September to see 1st hand how they
deliver this service on Merseyside and I was moved by the stories I heard of
their work to support really vulnerable young people and help them cope
after deeply traumatic events. It was clear to me their work makes a real
difference. Child Sexual Exploitation devastates lives. Those young people
who are affected by it deserve the best possible care and support and that
is what we are trying to deliver through our partnership with Catch22 as
part of Victim Care Merseyside."