Avoid unnecessary A&E trips this winter

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NHS Erewash Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) has reminded patients of the alternatives to A&E this winter.

The cold weather is lingering which means it’s even more important that patients are choosing the right care and following advice around self-care and staying well in the comfort of their own homes.

Winter conditions can be seriously bad for patients’ health, especially for those aged 65 or over and patients with long-term conditions. It’s important that patients protect and care for themselves and those around them.

Choosing well is about the patient choosing the right service if they become ill or injured. This ensures the best treatment can be given and allows busy NHS services to help the people who need it most.

If the patient’s condition is not life threatening, NHS 111 can help. The patient will be triaged by a trained professional who will advise of the local service that can best help. If a patient is ever in doubt and is unsure of what service they need, NHS Erewash CCG recommend calling NHS 111.

Dr Avi Bhatia, chairman of NHS Erewash CCG, said: “During the winter period we see a yearly increase in attendances to A&E for the wrong reasons.

“We are encouraging patients to seek other alternatives to A&E, including choosing a more suitable service to allow busy NHS services to help those that really need it and self-caring at home with a well-stocked medicine cabinet.

“Choosing well is about you choosing the right service and allowing people to use A&E when it’s life threatening.

“If you are ever in doubt of which service you need and it’s not an emergency, call NHS 111.”

For more information visit: www.nhs.uk/livewell.