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Pressures at the Luton and Dunstable University Hospital

2nd January 2018

The hospital has been under extreme pressure over the New Year bank holiday weekend.  The Emergency Department was very busy and we have seen an unprecedented number of acute medical admissions.

Staff have been fantastic at responding to the challenge and have ensured that the L&D continued to function in a safe and effective way. We are grateful for the support from Community and Social Care colleagues.

Messages were put out on social media on New Year’s eve and we would like to thank everyone who shared them on our behalf and helped spread the message about only attending the Emergency Department if it is a real emergency.

It is likely to remain busy for the next few days. We would strongly encourage people with non life-threatening illness to consider speaking to their GP, a pharmacist or calling NHS 111 first to determine what the most appropriate type of care is and avoid attending the Emergency Department unless they have been referred.

Media Enquiries

If you have a media enquiry please email pressenquiry@ldh.nhs.ukor call 01582 497 408 and we will get back to you. If you have a media enquiry out of hours (i.e. before 9am, after 5pm or at weekends) and it is urgent, please call the hospital switchboard on 01582 491 166 and ask to speak to the Duty Press Officer.

Communications enquiries or call 01582 497 408.

Communications team
Mariane Covington
Communications Manager/Press Officer
Direct line: 01582 497 408
Working hours: 9am to 5pm, Mon – Fri

Courteney Black
Internal and Digital Communications Officer
Working hours: 9am to 5pm Mon – Fri