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Please consider alternatives to A&E

07 January 2019


We’re currently experiencing high demand at our hospital and are again urging you not to attend A&E unless it is a genuine emergency.

It has been very busy over the weekend and today, and we’re reminding residents that A&E is for emergencies only. We’re continuing to work with our health care partners to try to maintain patient flow through the hospital.

If you need to access healthcare services, please consider;

• The NHS 111 service - If you’re not sure which NHS service you need, please call 111. An adviser will ask you questions to assess your symptoms and then give you the advice you need, or direct you straight away to the best service for you in your area.

• You can access the out-of-hours GP service by dialling 111 if you feel you have an urgent medical 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.

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