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Please take care at the weekend

Date: 4 June 2020

Today, 4 July 2020, places for people to socialise will open up, in accordance with government guidelines. The Hillingdon Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust is asking our local community, staff and others to act responsibly, as pubs reopen at the weekend.

As emergency services and hospitals prepare for an expected increase in demand this weekend the Trust is asking people to:

  • continue to follow the rules around social distancing and hand washing
  • keep hospital emergency departments free for those who are in immediate need of emergency treatment or life-saving care
  • use NHS 111 online (www.111.nhs.uk) or call NHS 111 for urgent medical advice or Pharmacist for non-urgent advice.

Sarah Tedford, CEO of the Trust, commented:

‘With pubs opening this weekend, people are looking forward to enjoy themselves but please do it responsibly and safely. Social Distance rules have not changed and it’s important that we all continue to keep our distance from each other.

‘Our NHS provides a fantastic service but we all need people to respect it and use it properly. We really want people to stop and think about how they use services, so that those in genuine need of an emergency ambulance or life-saving care get the help they need. Every preventable call out or visit to a hospital due to alcohol slows down our response to another incident such as a stroke or a cardiac arrest.

‘Our amazing staff have been under intense pressure as a result of the coronavirus pandemic and are doing a fantastic job caring for seriously ill people, but our staff need your support more than ever before.’

The Hillingdon Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust will be appropriately staffed throughout the weekend to ensure that we can provide timely care to patients attending our hospital (including providing care within the 4 hour standard).

Sarah Tedford added: ‘Our amazing NHS staff are under intense pressure as a result of the coronavirus pandemic and are doing a fantastic job caring for seriously ill people, but they need your support more than ever before.” The Hillingdon Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust is encouraging people to enjoy themselves responsibly and safely as bars and pubs reopen on Saturday 4 July, for the first time since late March.

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