Don't visit A&E unless necessary - health bosses say

Don't visit A&E unless necessary - health bosses say

Don't visit A&E unless necessary - health bosses say

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PEOPLE are being asked to stay away from an accident and emergency department over the busy bank holiday weekend unless they have a serious problem.

Health bosses are asking people with minor illnesses and injuries to consider the alternatives available instead of heading straight to A&E at the Royal Sussex County Hospital in Brighton.

Staff at the hospital are bracing themselves for a busy period as thousands of people visit the city today, tomorrow and Monday.

Brighton and Hove Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) says people can do their bit to help ease pressure on the hospital.

CCG chairman Xavier Nalletamby said: “A&E is for serious life-threatening injuries and illnesses that need urgent medical attention.

“There are other services in the city for residents and visitors who need advice or treatment for everyday injuries and illnesses.”

A hospital spokesman said a busy weekend was expected but they were confident staff would be able to cope.

Alternatives to A&E include the Brighton Station Health Centre in Queens Road, which is open from 8am to 8pm every day.

GPs and nurses there can deal with a range of problems including sprains, minor burns, cuts and grazes, ear and throat infections, minor skin infections and rashes.

Pharmacists can advise about minor injuries and illnesses as well as recommend over-the-counter remedies.

Weston's pharmacy in Lewes Road and Ashton's pharmacy at Seven Dials are open from 9am to 10pm every day.

Patients can also contact the NHS 111 helpline to get more help.

Trained 111 advisers, supported by experienced nurses and paramedics, can advise about how to get the right treatment from the most appropriate service.

The CCG is running a publicity campaign across the city to make sure people know about all the services available and where to go when they are unwell.

The campaign asks people to be a hero by choosing the right place to go.

More details can be found at www.wecouldbeheroes.nhs.uk.

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8:26am Sat 24 May 14

Roger Francais says...

..... And there will be more "bleeding obvious" reporting in the next Argus edition!
..... And there will be more "bleeding obvious" reporting in the next Argus edition! Roger Francais
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10:30am Sat 24 May 14

clubrob6 says...

The alternatives don't work I went to brighton station clinic waited four hours they did blood tests when I phoned up as they did not get in touch with me they had no record of me being there.This was about a year ago,if something is wrong be sensible but A&E is still the best place to go as the alternatives don't work.
The alternatives don't work I went to brighton station clinic waited four hours they did blood tests when I phoned up as they did not get in touch with me they had no record of me being there.This was about a year ago,if something is wrong be sensible but A&E is still the best place to go as the alternatives don't work. clubrob6
  • Score: 3

12:29pm Sat 24 May 14

wippasnapper says...

I did that once cut my leg open but seeing’s it was just a deep flesh wound I stitched it up myself but many years later on visiting B&H hospital as a point of an emergency the doctor couldn’t find any evident’s of it in the paper work and asked where I had had this dun on my reply he angrily shouted “what do you think we are hear for” and stormed out of the room slamming the door behind him, I guess what he was trying to say we are hear to help and you should never take matters into your own hands but know they are telling use not to so I guess I was right not to bother them unless of cause I’m spurting blood haaaaaaa as to going to one of these small clinics where you could possibly bleed to death no thanks and GP surgeries are yes now there are some good ones few and far between and there are some bad ones more than you can guess and as I’ve always said GPs should still spend time in the real world of A&E i.e. I met a GP not so long ago that what not take blood’s from me for a test that needed doing i.e. he should not be a practicing GP if he is squeamish about blood.
I did that once cut my leg open but seeing’s it was just a deep flesh wound I stitched it up myself but many years later on visiting B&H hospital as a point of an emergency the doctor couldn’t find any evident’s of it in the paper work and asked where I had had this dun on my reply he angrily shouted “what do you think we are hear for” and stormed out of the room slamming the door behind him, I guess what he was trying to say we are hear to help and you should never take matters into your own hands but know they are telling use not to so I guess I was right not to bother them unless of cause I’m spurting blood haaaaaaa as to going to one of these small clinics where you could possibly bleed to death no thanks and GP surgeries are yes now there are some good ones few and far between and there are some bad ones more than you can guess and as I’ve always said GPs should still spend time in the real world of A&E i.e. I met a GP not so long ago that what not take blood’s from me for a test that needed doing i.e. he should not be a practicing GP if he is squeamish about blood. wippasnapper
  • Score: -4

3:07pm Sat 24 May 14

Reporter1 says...

Are GPs working over the bank holiday?
Are GPs working over the bank holiday? Reporter1
  • Score: 3

7:23am Sun 25 May 14

Balmy zephyrs says...

I bet Xavier Nalemtamby is not working ! 111 is a very poor service . This is a very predictable statement from the CCG they are a bunch of amateurs trying to run a very important service , and the managers who support them are low quality , overpaid, and are steeped in a culture which is destroying the NHS .
I bet Xavier Nalemtamby is not working ! 111 is a very poor service . This is a very predictable statement from the CCG they are a bunch of amateurs trying to run a very important service , and the managers who support them are low quality , overpaid, and are steeped in a culture which is destroying the NHS . Balmy zephyrs
  • Score: 1

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