Delivering health services through the snow

NHS Lothian is experiencing increased activity levels across many services, but is currently managing the additional pressures.

Local contingency arrangements have allowed NHS Lothian to provide health services with minimum disruption.

Patients, visitors and staff are still being urged urging to take extra care when travelling today. Travel should be restricted to journeys which are absolutely necessary, and public transport should be used where possible.

While most hospital services are running as normal patients are being asked to contact the number on their appointment letter to check that the clinic is running.

If patients are unable to attend their hospital appointments they should call the number on the appointment letter.

Some GP practices are offering a restricted service, so patients should call to check before they travel to the practice.

For urgent medical advice patients can call their GP surgery or NHS 24 on 08454 242424.

In an emergency please call 999.

Further updates will be posted online at www.nhslothian.scot.nhs.uk as soon as we have more information.

You can also keep updated through our facebook and twitter pages by searching for ‘NHS_Lothian’.

Prof Charles Swainson, Medical Director, NHS Lothian, said:

“I am confident that with the extra provision we are have put in place, and the continued support of our staff and cooperation of the public, we will continue to cope with the increased demand on our services at this time.
“However it is important that people with minor ailments help themselves as much as possible and reduce unnecessary additional pressures on our hospitals and allow us to focus our efforts on providing help to those who need it most.” 
30/11/2010