The NHS comes under pressure all year round, especially A&E departments. We want all patients who go to A&E with serious illnesses or injuries to be seen and treated as quickly as possible. With your help we can achieve this. Think. Do you really need to go to A&E?
When to use Self Care
You can take care of those niggling pains, or an upset tummy, without having to queue or risk passing your illnesses on to others. Keeping your cupboards at home stocked with the basics, such as paracetamol, cough and cold remedies and a nit comb for your children means you can treat yourself and your family all year round.Find out more
When to visit a Pharmacy
A quick trip to the local pharmacy is usually enough to cure most minor illnesses. You may not know it but pharmacists are qualified to offer expert advice there and then, evening or weekends (even in a private consultation room if needed!). Don’t worry – if they think you need to be seen somewhere else they will tell you. So why risk passing your illness on to others or waiting at A&E?
When to go and see your GP
Your GP is your best bet with all complex and ongoing conditions, such as diabetes, asthma, or a heart condition, as well as any urgent health problems. For those with kids, many GP surgeries will see children the same day for urgent appointments. Did you know GPs are also available out of hours when your surgery is closed?
When to go to A&E
A&E is designed to treat people with serious and life threatening conditions only and the doctors and nurses there are specially trained to do this important job. By carefully considering the best place for your injury or illness, you will allow the doctors and nurses in A&E to concentrate on treating those who really need to be there.