An MP has visited hospital staff to thank them personally for their efforts this winter.
Tynemouth MP Alan Campbell went to A&E at North Tyneside General Hospital to meet staff working on the frontline and dealt with an increased demand for services this winter.
Mr Campbell met staff in A&E and the medical admissions unit of the hospital, run by Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust.
He said: “It was a privilege to see first-hand the excellent work of our A&E teams and pass on my thanks. These staff are a real credit to the NHS.”
Dr Al Horsfield, emergency care consultant at the hospital, said: “Despite extremely high numbers of attendances in A&E this winter our staff have worked very hard to treat patients as quickly as possible.
“Teams in A&E and across the hospital have pulled out all the stops to deliver safe, timely treatment and cared for people with the utmost compassion and professionalism.”
“They have demonstrated great dedication and commitment and we would like to thank them all.
“It was a pleasure to welcome Alan into the department and show him the pressures we continue to deal with on a daily basis.”
People are reminded that A&E should be used for serious health emergencies. They should seek guidance from their GP or NHS 111 if their condition is not life-threatening or serious rather than visiting A&E and facing a long wait because clinicians are dealing with medical emergencies first.
For more information visit www.keepcalmthiswinter.org.uk