Infections drop but health and care services under pressure

Council News
09:39, Thursday, 5th August 2021

Covid-19 infection rates are falling locally but hospital admissions are up so people need to continue to be cautious. Meeting outdoors, wearing a mask in crowded places, good hand hygiene and getting a test and self-isolating if you have even mild symptoms will ensure infection rates continue to come down and life can get back to normal.

Around 84 per cent of eligible people in North Lincolnshire have now received their first dose –  with two thirds of younger people now having had their first jab.

Both first and second doses of the vaccine are available from The Baths Hall in Scunthorpe – no appointment needed. There are also pop-up vaccine sites being run across North Lincolnshire.

Care services and GP surgeries are facing unprecedented demand. People can help relieve the pressure on them by using the right service for their needs and not visiting A&E or surgeries unless they really need to.

Pharmacies can offer help and advice for many minor ailments. A new online pharmacy consultation is now available in North Lincolnshire by visiting North Lincs Pharmacies.

For advice or support call NHS 111 on the phone or visit NHS 111 online. The NHS app can be used for repeat prescriptions and general health advice. Many GP surgeries are now offering online consultations, saving time and reducing risk.

By using these services hospitals, GP surgeries and care services will be available to the people who really need them.

NHS and care staff are extremely busy and are doing all they can to help keep people safe and well – please be kind even if there are delays at this demanding time .