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Lichfield and Burntwood residents urged to think before visiting A&E

andesignLichfield and Burntwood residents are being urged to use alternatives to Accident and Emergency Departments to receive treatment.

South Staffordshire Primary Care Trust (PCT) has launched a campaign to reduce the number of people inappropriately using their A&E services.

Residents are reminded that the local pharmacist could be a first port of call because they are professionally qualified to advise on the treatment of minor ailments.

A spokesperson for the PCT added:

“Also your local Minor Injury Unit can treat a wide variety of problems including cuts, grazes, dog bites, sprains and strains, minor head injuries and minor burns.

“In addition, your GP surgery deals with the management of patients with illnesses such as chronic conditions like diabetes, asthma as well as the general management of patients who are terminally ill.”

Residents are also reminded that they can get in touch with NHS Direct – a 24 hour health and information service providing confidential information on 0845 46 47.

Malcolm Thomson, Programme Manager (Care Closer to Home) said:

“It is important that patients and their families get the best from their local health services and know that A&E is not the first or best option for a high proportion of health problems. Pharmacists, GPs – in and out-of-hours services, Minor Injury Unit and NHS Direct are ideal alternatives in many cases.

“We know that one in three people who visit A&E could receive treatment more appropriately elsewhere leaving the department for emergency situations.  A&E is there to treat people with serious injuries and those in need of emergency treatment and people can save themselves time by trying other NHS services first and give A&E the time to concentrate on those needing emergency treatment.”

“We want people to prepare now for winter and the additional illnesses that it brings which is why we have launched this campaign providing people with information about the real alternatives to ensure that get the best use of the local NHS and receive the right treatment at the right place and at the right time.”

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1 Comment

  1. Asellus aquaticus

    30th November, 2009 at 10:13 am

    Just in case this article creates any misunderstanding – (because I know I tend to associate hospitals with A&E) – the Samuel Johnson Hospital has a minor injuries unit, not an A&E – so don’t be put off going there with your cuts, dog bites, minor head injuries etc…