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Busy evening in A&E

14 December 2017

It’s another busy evening in our A&E department and we’re urging residents not to come in unless it is a genuine emergency.

We’re currently experiencing extremely high demand and our team are working extremely hard – local people can help by avoiding A&E unless their condition is a genuine emergency.

The Trust continues to work closely with healthcare partners to reduce pressure as a matter of priority.

If you need to access healthcare services, considering the following:

  • If you’re not sure which NHS service you need, call 111. An adviser will ask you questions to assess your symptoms and then give you the advice you need, or direct you straightaway to the best service for you in your area.
  • You can access the out-of-hours GP service by dialing 111 if you feel you have an urgent medial problem that cannot wait until the next day.
  • There will be a duty pharmacist in your area, open throughout the day. Pharmacists are expert in many aspects of healthcare and can offer advice on a wide range of long-term conditions and common illnesses such as coughs, colds and stomach upsets. You don’t need an appointment and many have private consultation areas, so they are a good first port of call. Your pharmacist will say if you need further medical attention.