Havering GPs: Remember A&E isn’t the only destination for injury or illness over bank holiday weekend

PUBLISHED: 10:45 23 August 2013

Dr Aggarwal wants to ease the pressure at Queen's A&E over winter

Dr Aggarwal wants to ease the pressure at Queen's A&E over winter


Havering GPs are handing out a reminder – A&E isn’t the only place you can go in the event of injury or illness over the bank holiday.

Dr Atul Aggarwal, who chairs the Havering Clinical Commissioning Group, said: “Bank holidays are a time to relax, have fun and take some time out. However, the unexpected can happen with an injury or you can become unwell. If that happens, the NHS is here to help.

“It’s worth taking time to know your NHS options over the bank holiday. GPs’ out of hours services, walk-in centres and many local pharmacies will be open over the weekend.

“If you suspect a life-threatening emergency, such as a heart attack or stroke, call 999. If you need medical help or advice, but it isn’t a 999 emergency, you can call 111 to be directed to the right local service. NHS 111 is free to call anytime from landlines and mobiles.”

Pharmacies can offer advice on minor conditions such as diarrhoea or sprains.

“Local A&E departments are under pressure,” added Dr Aggarwal. “Every year, hundreds of thousands of people across the country wait for hours in A&E when they could have got quicker and more appropriate treatment closer to home at a pharmacist, walk in centre, GP out of hours service or urgent care centre.

“By making the right choices, you’ll get the right care and free up A&E for people who need it most.”

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