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Local NHS pressures - Issued by Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire ICB

Last updated: 30/12/2022

The health and care system across our area is currently in a critical condition.

There are many ambulances held at hospitals due to a lack of available beds for their patients. However, many people already in hospital are ready to go home or to another care setting.

To help with this, friends and relatives of individuals who are medically fit for discharge are asked to help with the practical arrangements that will enable their loved one to be discharged from hospital. Please also work with community teams to help loved ones at home with meals and domestic support, as this will free-up staff to help others in greater need to have support at home.

Due to these pressures, it is very likely non-urgent, routine appointments and procedures will be cancelled and postponed, to prioritise treatment for those most acutely unwell in community settings, GP practices and hospitals. You will be notified directly if you are affected by the changes.

If your conditions are not life-threatening, you will have to wait longer than usual for an ambulance and, where safe and appropriate, may be asked to make your own way to hospital – although it is important you get medical advice from 111 or 999 before doing so.

Due to these extraordinary pressures, it’s important to use the right service for your needs.

Hear from Dr Geeta Iyer about how to choose the best service and #HelpUsHelpYou.

The Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire ICB website has detailed information on local services including community pharmacies, which can help with a wide range of minor health issues and advise if another NHS service is needed.