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Published on Thursday 04 January 2018




Flu is currently circulating in the community and we have patients who have been admitted with flu.

If you are suffering from a flu-like illness, or would be vulnerable if you caught flu, please do not visit until you feel better.

Further information about flu can be found on the NHS Choices website:






A message from Dr Susan Gilby, Medical Director:

Dr Susan Gilby“As is the situation with other hospitals regionally and nationally, our Trust is also facing increased pressure on its emergency and urgent care services.

“This time of the year is always busy for the NHS and here in Wirral our colleagues are working unbelievably hard to face that challenge head-on.

“It is normal practice for us to carry out fewer scheduled operations at this time of year as this forms part of our winter planning.

“Wirral University Teaching Hospital is reviewing daily its existing scheduled appointments and planned operations and will contact patients directly if these are to be rescheduled. If they have not been contacted they should please attend as normal.

“For our patients who are medically well and no longer require an acute hospital bed, I would ask that relatives make timely plans to pick up your loved ones at the earliest of opportunities as other unwell patients may not be able to access an urgent hospital bed if they are occupied by patients who no longer need them.

“This is not just about our Emergency Department but the system as a whole and our health teams in Wirral are working together to face this challenge.

“People are advised that there are alternatives that may be more appropriate to A&E. Walk-in centres can help with minor injuries and illnesses with no appointment needed. Pharmacies can also offer a range of expert advice. If it is not an emergency, advice is also available 24 hours a day by calling 111.”


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