Barts Health: “keep calm and stay home” for minor illness


Top brass at Barts NHS Trust called for calm this month as government recommendations were rolled out across its hospitals.

Strains on services, compounded by budget restrictions and over-use during the colder winter months, have led to hospitals across the country cancelling non-essential operations and procedures.

“Some of our hospitals and departments are under more pressure than others, so in line with the recommendations from NHS England we are taking steps to make sure we prioritise care for those most in need,” said a spokesperson.

“All cancer operations and time-critical procedures will go ahead as planned and we will make every effort to make sure as many planned  procedures and appointments as possible take place during this busy period.”

Patients have been advised to attend any appointments or scheduled operations as normal unless they are contacted by a member of hospital staff.

Barts chiefs have also asked the public to play their part by using health services responsibly.  

“Knowing the right place to go at the right time can help everyone receive the care and treatment they need.

“This includes visiting pharmacies for help treating coughs, colds and other minor ailments, and calling the free NHS 111 number for urgent advice.

“This can really help our staff in A&E to focus on the sickest patients.

“We will continue to monitor the situation and provide updates as appropriate.”