People are being asked to carefully consider whether they need to attend the Emergency Department (ED) at Noble’s Hospital, and attend only if they really need to.
This comes as Manx Care report Noble’s ED is ‘extremely busy’ due to the ‘significant’ number of people going there for medical treatment.
A statement said: ‘People are being asked to consider attending the Minor Injuries Unit at Ramsey and District Cottage Hospital instead – if appropriate. The team there can provide treatment for a wide range of minor illnesses and injuries that require medical help, but do not need specialist support from the ED team at Noble’s. This includes things like burns and scalds, suspected breaks and dislocations, sprains, rashes and skin complaints, infections including eye and ear complaints, falls and emergency contraception. Whilst the MIU is based in the north of the island, it is not purely for use by residents of the North. In many cases, patients may be seen faster there than at ED. The MIU is open from 8am to 8pm, seven days a week. Manx Care’s priority is to ensure that it can deliver safe levels of care at all times. It is continuing to closely monitor the situation.’
The island’s care provider does state that if you need urgent medical assistance, or if your’s or another person’s life is in danger, then you should ring 999 immediately.
The Doctor Can’t See You Now
Whether this issue is relating to just this evening or is a long running issue at the hospital, the statement from Manx Care comes after a series of posts and comments on social media this weekend about people saying they are unable to get an appointment with their GP so have resorted to either contacting the Manx Emergency Doctor Service or going to Noble’s ED. There has also been criticism of the recommendation that people with broken bones should travel to Ramsey to have them looked at.
Gef has asked Manx Care for clarification as to why the hospital is experiencing these levels of demand.