George Eliot Hospital NHS Trust is urging local people to help their Accident and Emergency department cope with any extra demand during the current spell of cold weather.
Periods of cold weather can lead to an extremely busy time for health services, in particular A&E departments. Certain long-term conditions can be exacerbated by cold weather and flu circulates in the community with more time spent indoors in close proximity to others providing a breeding ground for viruses.
George Eliot Hospital is asking people to think before they go to A&E or call 999. These services need to be free to deal with real emergencies and should only be used in genuine emergency situations. Anyone who takes regular medicines should also remember to order repeat prescriptions from their GP.
Earlier this year, Dr Deryth Stevens, Chair of NHS Warwickshire North CCG said: “The kind of serious accidents and emergencies that should been treated at A&E include unconsciousness, heavy blood loss, suspected heart attacks and strokes, and broken bones. Those with a cold or flu or symptoms of diarrhoea and vomiting, should visit their pharmacist, who will be able to advise and offer appropriate medication.”
A range of other health services are available including the NHS 111 telephone line, GP services and pharmacies. If you’re not sure what the appropriate service is, call NHS 111 and speak to someone who can provide advice on the best course of action.
Walk in services are also available in the local area including the Camphill GP led Health Centre, Ramsden Avenue, Camphill, Nuneaton, CV10 9EB, Open 8am to 8pm, 7 days a week.