Havering GPs reminding people to only go to A&E in an emergency

Dr Aggarwal

Dr Aggarwal - Credit: Archant

Residents are being reminded of the different services available to them if they fall sick during the Bank Holiday weekend.

A number of out of hour services, walk in services, many pharmacies and the NHS 111 services will be working over the weekend to help people access the most appropriate care.

Dr Atul Aggarwal, chair of Havering Clinical Commissioning Group said: “Bank holidays are a time for relaxing and having fun but if you get sick or injure yourself doing DIY, the NHS is still on hand to help and it is worth knowing in advance what services are on offer.”

Figures from the London Ambulance Service show that 30,000 people in north east London who phoned 999 for an ambulance last year did not need to be taken to A&E.

About 40 per cent of visits to A&E end up with the patient just receiving advice or guidance rather than actual treatment.

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It has been estimated that unnecessary A&E attendances cost up to £100 million a year in England.

In an emergency, residents are advised to dial 999.

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