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People in Oxfordshire urged to use the right NHS service


This article is from 28 July 2021 - the situation may change with time.

People in Oxfordshire are being urged to use the right NHS service as hospitals in the county are getting busier. 

It comes following a sharp rise in attendance at the John Radcliffe and Horton General hospitals, which provides emergency and urgent care across Oxfordshire.

Professor Meghana Pandit, the Trust's Chief Medical Officer, says: "It is a very busy time for our hospitals at the moment.  We would urge the public to help us to help you by choosing the right NHS service because our Emergency Departments at both the John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford and the Horton General Hospital in Banbury are experiencing high levels of demand.

"Unless it is an emergency, please use the NHS 111 online service which offers patients quick advice on the best option for them to get the care they need, including getting a call back from a trained clinician or nurse, booking them an appointment in an Emergency Department, or providing advice on how to help them recover.

"Thank you for helping to support our staff at this challenging time."