The Emergency Department sees 80,000 patients annually split over two sites - Leighton Hospital in Crewe and Victoria Infirmary in Northwich.
The Minor Injuries Unit at Northwich is a nurse-led unit and sees 20,000 patients. At Leighton, around 60,000 patients are seen each year.
The Emergency Department at Leighton Hospital is a busy (type 1) unit seeing a variety of patients with various illnesses and injuries.
The department is led by Consultants in Emergency Medicine, who are supported by various clinical staff and nursing staff of all grades.
The Emergency Department at Leighton Hospital is open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year and never closes. Included in the department is a 5 bedded Resus and a Clinical Decisions Unit. The Urgent Care Centre is co-located in the Emergency Department.
Choose Well Campaign
Mid Cheshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust is encouraging members of the public to ‘Choose Well’ and make themselves aware of the variety of healthcare services available to them on their doorstep.
The ‘Choose Well’ campaign, a national NHS initiative, aims to give people information so that they know where to go to in the first instance to get fast, expert advice when they need it, and how to help themselves if they have a common illness or ailment. The campaign also aims to help ease the pressure on A&E and 999 services at the same time by reinforcing the message that these services are for serious and life-threatening conditions such as heart-attacks, strokes, serious accidents and breathing conditions.
Self-care is the best choice to treat common illnesses and complaints such as coughs, colds, sore throats, upset stomachs and aches and pains, all of which can often be treated with a well-stocked medicine cabinet and plenty of rest.
People will also be able to find out further information on a range of symptoms on the NHS Choices website (www.nhs.uk). Here people can find up-to-date and expert advice on a range of illnesses and complaints, as well as the facility to be able to locate their nearest NHS services such as GPs, dentists, and pharmacists. NHS Direct is also available to give confidential health advice and guidance 24 hours a day by telephoning 0845 4647.
Local pharmacies can also provide confidential expert advice and treatment for a range of common illnesses and complaints, without the need to wait for a GP appointment. To find your nearest pharmacy, look in your local phone directory, visit www.nhs.uk or text ‘pharmacy’ to 64746 on your mobile phone to receive three free texts with details of your nearest pharmacies.
For further information on the local Choose Well campaign, please visit www.cecpct.nhs.uk/choose-well.