Health bosses across Coventry and Warwickshire are strongly urging people to help their local Accident and Emergency department cope with the current extra demand.
Dr David Spraggett, Chair of NHS South Warwickshire Clinical Commissioning Group, said: “Our A&E departments are very busy at the moment so we want 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.
“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.”
Certain long-term conditions can often be medicated at home or by visiting their GP or a pharmacist. A range of other health services are available including GP services, the NHS 111 telephone line 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.
The CCG’s have a Health Services Sat Nav mobile app also which can tell you where to find nearby services and can be downloaded for free via iTunes or Google Play.
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This aims to encourage the public to undertake preventative measures to help them stay healthy and to get best possible treatment by choosing the right health service at the right time.
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