25 August 2016
With a Bank Holiday on the horizon, health chiefs from NHS South Cheshire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) are urging local people to avoid A&E by enjoying the time out of hospital and only attending unless it’s a life threatening emergency.
Dr Andrew Wilson, Chair of NHS South Cheshire CCG, said: “The final Bank Holiday of the summer is around the corner and I’m sure the last thing anyone wants over the long weekend is for family or friends to spend their time in A&E, especially if this can be prevented in terms of a non-life threatening emergency.
“There are some simple steps that can be done to keep healthy over the extended weekend. For example, people can start stocking up their medicine cabinet with items such as plasters, bandages,antiseptic and painkillers. These help with some minor ailments like reducing aches and pains as well as high temperatures.
“For many, A&E is seen as the quickest place to get treatment, but there are plenty of other services available that can help to advise on ailments or injuries that are non-life threatening. They can include NHS 111, pharmacies, and GP out-of-hours services.”
There is also a Minor Injuries Unit at Victoria Infirmary, Northwich. It offers a range of treatments for minor injuries including fractures, cuts requiring medical attention and burns. It is open daily from 9am – 10pm, including weekends and Bank Holidays. The contact number for the Minor Injuries Unit is 01606 564000.
Dr Wilson added: “By choosing the right service to treat illness or injury, people will receive the quickest and most appropriate treatment so they can continue to enjoy the Bank Holiday.”
For more information about Choose Well or if you are unsure which health service to usevisit www.southcheshireccg.nhs.uk