George Eliot Hospital asks people to use health services wisely before visiting A&E
People are attending Accident and Emergency departments with minor illnesses when they could be treated elsewhere.
A&E should only be used for critical or life-threatening situations requiring medical attention, such as loss of consciousness, heavy blood loss, suspected broken bones, persistent chest pain, difficulty breathing, overdoses, ingestion or poisoning. People with minor injuries and ailments should not attend at the A&E department and are warned they may face longer waits than normal as more serious cases are prioritised.
People are being urged to use alternative NHS services where appropriate such as NHS 111, local pharmacies, and to make an appointment with their GP in the normal way. A&E departments will provide the best possible care for life-threatening illness and injury, but people should only go there in a real emergency. Those with minor injuries such as cuts or sprains have the option of attending minor injury units and walk-in centres. Details of all the services in your area can be found at:https://www.nhs.uk/staywell
NHS staff are continuing to do all they can to ensure that everyone coming into hospital who needs help can get the care they need.