Bradford’s A&E department is under major pressure after seeing record numbers of patients.

Health services across the district are facing soaring levels of demand – including A&E, NHS111 and 999 care and GP services – and staff shortages.

Bradford District and Craven Health and Care Partnership (BDCHCP) has now asked for the public’s support to protect care for those who need it most.

In a statement, a spokesperson said: “Due to the significant ongoing pressure on local NHS services, alongside the need to act swiftly to ensure patients continue to receive safe, high-quality care, the Bradford District and Craven Health and Care Partnership is asking for the public's support so that we can take care of our sickest patients.

"We are seeing record numbers of people attending A&E, calling NHS111, accessing GP services and calling 999 as well as those accessing social care, mental health services and services provided by our community and voluntary organisations; ongoing challenges in discharging patients who are well enough to leave hospital to create capacity for patients coming in; and we are seeing an increase in staff sickness - all of which has led to longer waits than we would like for patients to receive the care they need.

"Because of these pressures, we have taken the decision to take additional steps to maintain safe services for our patients and help us cope with the growing pressures.

"Our teams continue to work exceptionally hard; and we would like to reassure our patients and the public that despite the challenges faced, essential services remain fully open for anyone who needs them so if you require urgent medical help, please continue to come forward. People should continue to attend planned appointments unless they are contacted.

"The public can help us manage these periods of demand by ensuring they are seeking help from the most appropriate health services, and only attending A&E for serious accidents and emergencies.

“If you are unwell, see NHS 111 online ( for advice about the most appropriate care for your needs or call NHS 111, although phone lines remain very busy."

When should you go to A&E?

When assessing a trip to A&E, it is important to note that emergency departments are for accidents and emergencies. This could include severe chest pain, difficulty breathing, significant head injuries and broken bones.

Mental health support

Details of local wellbeing services across Bradford district and Craven can be found on the Healthy Minds website here

For urgent health advice that is not a life-threatening emergency, contact NHS 111, which is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. People can check symptoms using NHS 111 online – – or by calling the service free of charge on 111.

For urgent mental health support in Bradford District and Craven, call First Response on 0800 952 1181, 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

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