Hospital bosses are asking patients for their support to help cope with ‘sustained pressure’ on services.
United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust says an increase in emergency cases across Lincolnshire and neighbouring counties has sparked a high demand for beds at its sites, including Boston Pilgrim Hospital.
A health spokesman urged people who need medical help but are unsure what service to use to call 111 and urged people only to use A&E departments when absolutely necessary.
Michelle Rhodes, director of operations, said: “Staff within our hospitals continue to work hard to care for patients under the additional pressure.
“By choosing an alternative NHS service that could be more appropriate for their symptoms, patients can get treated quicker whilst helping to ease the pressure on A&E departments.
“Call NHS 111 to be guided to the right health services for your needs if it’s not a life threatening emergency.”
The trust has asked patients to consider self-care, the pharmacist, walk-in centres or doctor’s surgeries before heading to A&E.