People urged to do their bit to protect the NHS as covid cases rise in hospitals

  • 15 January 2021

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People across Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire are being urged to do their bit to protect their local NHS, now under intense pressure as rising numbers are hospitalised with Covid-19.

To help this effort, everyone is being asked to:

  • Stay at home as much as possible, follow Hands, Face, Space when outside, and use services appropriately.
  • This includes calling ‘111 First’ for any urgent but not life-threatening medical issues, and staying away from Emergency Departments with minor illnesses or injuries.
  • Be ready to support family and loved ones home as soon as they are medically fit to leave hospital.

Dr Geeta Iyer, a local GP and CCG said:

Hundreds of people, young and old, are now severely unwell with Covid-19 in our local hospitals wards and intensive care units – and this is only likely to worsen until the full effects of the lockdown kick in.

Like the rest of the country, our services and staff are now under intense strain and across our entire health and care system we’re doing everything we can to keep caring for those with the most urgent and critical conditions.

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