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

People in Lichfield and Burntwood are being urged to think about other options before heading to hospital accident and emergency centres.

The plea from Good Hope Hospital is urging residents to remember local walk-in centres, GPs surgeries and NHS Direct can deal with minor injuries and ailments.

Mark Newbold, the hospital’s chief executive, said:

“While we always endeavour to remind the public to only call the ambulance service in genuine emergencies, we do need to ensure that people make appropriate use of our emergency services. We know that some will attend A&E when they could be treated more appropriately and effectively within the community. During busy periods, we need to remind patients of the wide range of information and out-of-hours support and treatment that is available across the region.”

NHS Direct can be contacted by calling 0845 46 47 or visiting

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  1. TJ

    18th October, 2010 at 5:33 pm

    Mark Newbold should speak to GP surgeries then. I had a minor injury recently that just required sticky sutures and a bandage. I telelphoned my surgery in normal hours where there are several GP’s and nurses and they told me I HAD to go to A & E.

  2. Asellus aquaticus

    18th October, 2010 at 10:05 pm

    It’s a bit unfortunate that the press release neglects to mention Samuel Johnson hospital which has a minor injuries unit which would have been able to sort TJ out nicely.

    Actually, come to think of it, it’s every bit as unfortunate that the GP surgery pointed you to A&E instead of the Samuel Johnson minor injuries unit.

  3. TJ

    19th October, 2010 at 9:47 am

    Thanks, luckily I ignored my GP’s advice and went to Samuel Johnson where they were brilliant. it’s a pity my surgery was less helpful as I could have walked there but instead I had to rely on a friend for a lift.