10 things you said about... Leeds hospitals A&E departments 'extremely busy'

Leeds residents have been asked to seek urgent treatment elsewhere.

Wednesday, 19th May 2021, 4:43 pm
Updated Wednesday, 19th May 2021, 4:44 pm
Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust (LTHT) has urged people to seek alternative treatment rather than going to A&E if they do not need urgent care.

The A&E departments at Leeds General Infirmary and St James’s Hospital have reported that they are currently dealing with more patients than usual.

Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust (LTHT) said many people are attending who do not need urgent care, and people who have non-life threatening issues to seek treatment elsewhere, such as GP surgeries.

Here are 10 things you said in reaction to this:

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Carole Taylor - "Unfortunately getting to see a GP could take two weeks. Why???"

Shona Stringer - "This is because GPs haven't been seeing people face to face for over a year now. I can understand how this has happened!"

Jayne Snowden - "Was at hospital Monday and I've never seen it as busy, was like xmas in supermarkets."

Denise Firth - "Can see a doctor at hospital but not at a doctors surgery!"

Sue Carol - "Unfortunately new housing estates are going up but no new doctors surgeries, so putting pressure on those that are already there."

Kirsty Lou - "Call 111 if you can't see your GP but not serious enough for the hospital!"

Lucy Naylor - "12 and a bit hours for me at St James Hospital."

Brian Foster - "They are going to A&E because you can't go to see your doctor face to face, it's only ever over the phone. It's about time that was stopped."

Sarah Harkin - "People are going to A&E because nobody can get doctors appointments."

Janet Wickenden - "Would help if GP surgeries were open again. I know mine is but alot aren't."

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