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From the CEOs of LLR CCGs, University Hospitals Leicester NHS Trust and Leicestershire Partnership NHS Trust

18th December 2020 | By Liz Mattock | Posted in

The NHS in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland is experiencing significant pressures in response to the combined challenges of rising numbers of Covid-19 positive cases and annual winter pressures.

The number of people with Covid-19 being cared for at Leicester’s hospitals is at its highest level since the pandemic began in March and continuing to rise. At the peak of the pandemic in wave 1, there were 204 people with Covid-19.  Today there are 295 cases in University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust.

High numbers of very ill people with complex needs are being seen daily in the Emergency Department at the Leicester Royal Infirmary.

To continue to maintain care for those who need it and manage additional pressures we are opening additional beds in our community hospitals to care for Covid-19 positive patients. Unfortunately we will also need to postpone some non-urgent planned procedures and operations. Cancer and other urgent surgery will continue.

People should continue to attend their appointments with us unless advised otherwise. If we do need to make changes, people will be contacted directly.

Contacting NHS 111 first either online or by calling will help you to get the right treatment you need. NHS 111 can, if necessary, book you a time slot in ED. If your need isn’t an emergency and you go straight to the ED without calling NHS 111 you could be asked to attend another service or asked to call NHS 111.

Please remember: if you think your need is a life–threatening emergency you must seek help, including calling 999.

Together, all NHS organisations are working tirelessly to ensure we can safely treat patients despite these pressures.

Please do help us to help you: It is essential that the public follows the public health advice on social distancing, hand hygiene and the use of face coverings.  To put it simply: the more Covid-19 infections we have in the community in LLR, the more likely we will see cases increase in hospital and have an impact on NHS services.

The NHS is very grateful for your support and co-operation and fully appreciate this is a difficult time for you too given the impact Covid is having on your everyday life. We know that local restrictions have taken their toll on people’s mental wellbeing too. If you need urgent mental health care advice, we have a free telephone line for round-the-clock urgent mental health support which you can call on 0808 800 3302.

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