Urgent and emergency care pressures - message from regional NHSEI team

As we head into the New Year bank holiday weekend, the LAS is facing exceptional pressures in responding to cat 1 and cat 2 calls, with increased covid demand and high levels of staff sickness and isolation.   

As a result, if you could continue to maximise use of community rapid response teams and alternative care pathways (including alternatives to ambulances to convey patients to hospital) and refer only absolute emergencies to 999.

We are very conscious that primary care is extremely busy, with the many different asks of you all. Thank you for everything that you and everyone in your practices are doing.