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Beth Wyatt, Reporter
Monday, December 30, 2013
Havering GPs are urging residents to take care this New Year’s Eve.
During this time of year, health services are placed under considerable strain and the admittal of patients who have drunk too much or been involved in alcohol-related incidents can increase waiting times and make it more difficult for patients in need of emergency care to receive their treatment.
Dr Atul Aggarwal, chair of the Havering Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), said: “This festive period we want people to enjoy themselves without putting their health at risk.
“Part of this includes knowing when to use A&E and when you could receive quicker or more effective treatment through self-care or visiting your pharmacist.
“Using A&E unnecessarily over the festive period can prevent other patients with more serious problems from getting the fast treatment they need.”
The CCG advises partygoers to drink within the recommended limits and, if they fall ill, to self-treat if they can with painkillers, plenty of water and rest.
Dr Aggarwal added: “We know that adding up units can seem tricky, but keeping track of what you’re consuming can help you to know and understand your limits.
“Nobody wants their New Year’s Eve celebrations ruined by a trip to the hospital, so make sure you drink responsibly and stay safe.”