Brighton hospital just for emergencies, is the message

The Argus: Follow live tweets from A&E at Royal Sussex County Hospital Follow live tweets from A&E at Royal Sussex County Hospital

The busiest accident and emergency department in Sussex is going live on Twitter today (December 10) and tomorrow (December 11).

Staff at the Royal Sussex County Hospital in Brighton will be giving regular updates of comings and goings as they stage their firstr tweetathon.

The event is part of a wider campaign to help remind people that other local health services are available and cut down on the number of unnecessary visits to A&E.

Hospital figures show one in four people are being seen in the department who could have self-treated or been given help by another local health service like their GP or pharmacist.

Terece Walters, the hospital’s associate director of operations and medicine, said: “We are seeing more and more people attend A&E when they could have been treated elsewhere.

“This means the emergency staff are put under more pressure which can lead to delays in treatment for other emergency patients.

“A&E should only be used in an emergency for serious injuries or critical situations.

“It should not be used for minor injuries or mild illnesses. They can be treated by a number of other health services available.”

Major to minor

Tweets will not reveal any personal information about patients or go in to specific details about injuries or illnesses.

The aim is to give followers a feel for the type of problems doctors and nurses are treating and how busy the department is.

It could range from the department waiting for the victim of a car accident to come in to how a person who has come in with a minor problem might have been able to get help from a walk in centre or their GP instead.

Regular updates will be tweeted by @bsuh_nhs between 9am and 5pm on both days.

A link can also be found on The Argus website at theargus.co.uk.

Alternative services to A&E include: NHS Direct on 0845 4647 or www.nhsdirect.nhs.uk.

Pharmacy: Your local pharmacist can give you expert advice about over-the-counter medicines without appointment. You can find your local pharmacist at NHS Choices at www.nhs.uk.

GP surgery: Your doctor and practice nurses offer advice and assessment on a range of healthcare problems by appointment. You can register with a GP at NHS Choices at www.nhs.uk.

Brighton Station Health Centre: 84-87 Queens Road, Brighton. You can walk into the health centre for health problems that are not a 999 emergency, such as minor injuries.

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10:15am Mon 10 Dec 12

MelsTels says...

Hopefully this will help in relieving the A&E - last Thursday evening (6th December) there were 12 paramedics waiting to book people in - 6 crews off the road !! Each for approximately 2 hours. This is a waste of manpower, loss of ambulances on the road and potentially life threatening. About time this situation was sorted out.
All very frustrating for ambulance staff, patients and relations
Hopefully this will help in relieving the A&E - last Thursday evening (6th December) there were 12 paramedics waiting to book people in - 6 crews off the road !! Each for approximately 2 hours. This is a waste of manpower, loss of ambulances on the road and potentially life threatening. About time this situation was sorted out. All very frustrating for ambulance staff, patients and relations MelsTels

11:23am Mon 10 Dec 12

Pitviper says...

I hope the Argus will keep this tweeting stream permanently on it's web site to show people how many timewasters attend A&E, this will hopefully put off other future timewasters!
I hope the Argus will keep this tweeting stream permanently on it's web site to show people how many timewasters attend A&E, this will hopefully put off other future timewasters! Pitviper

11:39am Mon 10 Dec 12

Tailgaters Anonymous says...

Remind me, how many hospital patients are likely to have access to Twitter?
Remind me, how many hospital patients are likely to have access to Twitter? Tailgaters Anonymous

11:42am Mon 10 Dec 12

Dirk Von Roden says...

Just another gimmick in the step towards privatisation! A+E at the RSCH is a busy place at the best of times ! but it also has a tendancy for labeling people !I was accused of being racist and a Drunk! one time!! !+I Dont Drink I had a TIA(which they eventually realised!) 2+ I have 2 mixed race kids and a stepdaughter who is of Jamaican birth ! They can get things SOOO Wrong Having said that they have brilliant staff on the whole very overworked understaffed but mostly professional
Just another gimmick in the step towards privatisation! A+E at the RSCH is a busy place at the best of times ! but it also has a tendancy for labeling people !I was accused of being racist and a Drunk! one time!! !+I Dont Drink I had a TIA(which they eventually realised!) 2+ I have 2 mixed race kids and a stepdaughter who is of Jamaican birth ! They can get things SOOO Wrong Having said that they have brilliant staff on the whole very overworked understaffed but mostly professional Dirk Von Roden

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