Walsall people urged to help the NHS stay healthy
We all know the NHS is busier than ever before; the situation over the past few days has graphically illustrated that. We all benefit from the healthcare services that are available but we must ensure we do not put an unnecessary strain on resources,” she said.
The Government is doing all it can to try and alleviate the burden on our NHS. This is why we have given the NHS a record £700m this winter so more doctors, nurses and beds can be provided. The NHS has ensured there are plans in every area to manage the extra demand.
In Walsall we have tried to ease the burden by ensuring that a new 30-bed ward at the Manor – funded with additional cash from the Department of Health – can open ahead of schedule on Monday (January 12).
This will play an important role in helping to relieve pressure on waiting times but ultimately, we still need the support of the people of Walsall and I would again urge them to heed the warnings of the NHS Trust and to only use A&E facilities as a last resort. In this way we will all benefit.
I also want to offer my congratulations to trust chief executive Richard Kirby and his dedicated team of healthcare professionals for the way they handled a very difficult and delicate situation.
I would also echo his words and urge anyone needing medical care to consider using other available local services if their problem is not an emergency.
People can get expert health advice by telephoning NHS Direct on 111 or by to their own GP or even a pharmacist, said Mrs Arnold. The Badger minor injuries unit on the Manor Hospital site and Walsall’s NHS walk-in centre in the town centre is also available and this is open daily from 8am to 8pm and is staffed by GPs and nurses.
The funding will be spent according to local need, but could pay for:
- up to 1,000 extra doctors and 2,000 extra nurses across England
- up to 2000 additional NHS staff, including physiotherapists, social workers and occupational therapists
- up to 2,500 extra beds both in acute hospitals and also in the community sector
- over £25 million will go towards increasing access to GPs, including later and weekend appointments
- £50 million will help ambulance services maintain or improve response times for emergency cases
- £250 million will support an extra 100,000 operations so people can get seen quicker and before they need to be admitted as an emergency case.