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Public urged to ease A&E pressure
9:30am Tuesday 30th July 2013 in News
A health boss is urging people to help ease pressure on busy hospital accident and emergency departments.
The call follows a report from the Government’s health select committee warning that A&E units around the country may not be able to cope with a surge in patients this winter.
MPs are advising commissioning groups and trusts to draw up plans outlining how they intend to deal with extra pressure on their services.
The Royal Sussex County Hospital in Brighton came under intense pressure earlier this year, with some patients waiting in A&E for more than 12 hours before a bed became available.
The department has made some changes since then to make the flow of patients run more smoothly and there have been no 12-hour waits recorded since the beginning of April.
Brighton and Hove Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) chairman Xavier Nalletamby said residents could do their bit to help by considering alternatives to A&E.
He said: “Often we think that the pressures on A&E are just an issue we are having to deal with in Brighton and Hove but what this report makes clear is that this is a national problem.
“A&E is not meant to be an ‘always and everything’ service, it is for genuine emergencies and incidents that are lifethreatening.”
Concerns have been raised that problems with the introduction of the new NHS 111 helpline this year may have led to more people going straight to A&E when they don’t need to.
However CCG members were told at a recent meeting there had been no significant rise in attendances.
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