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A&E Under Significant Pressure - Advice on Choosing the Right Care First Time

06 May 2016 09:39:20

Rotherham Hospital services continue to be very busy and are currently under significant pressure. Members of the public are asked to support us in making sure we can give vital care to those who have life-threatening injuries and conditions.

We continue to see patients in A&E who could have received fast, expert advice from their local pharmacy, by calling the NHS 111 service or contacting their GP for advice. A&E is for serious and life-threatening injuries and conditions only.

If you feel unwell or have a minor accident, consider these options before coming to A&E:

You can treat most common ailments and illnesses at home or with the help of your pharmacist. Many pharmacies are open early until late and at weekends and Bank Holidays.

NHS Choices
Advice and information about a range of common health complaints, including how long symptoms will last and how to relieve symptoms is also available from NHS Choices. Here you can find an easy to use symptom checker, can search for your local services and use the interactive First Aid toolkit.

Make sure you have sufficient medication or a well-stocked medicine cabinet at home. With prescribed medicines and those bought over-the-counter, always follow the advice of the pharmacist, doctor or nurse. People should always read the instructions and never go over the suggested dose.

Pharmacy First
Many Rotherham pharmacies are part of the Pharmacy First scheme which enables you to get some medication direct from the pharmacist without a prescription. Plus if you don’t normally pay prescription charges you can get medicine under the scheme free.

NHS 111
The NHS 111 phone line offers free, confidential health advice and information. If you are not sure where to get treatment, call 111 for advice.

GP surgeries
Make an appointment with your local GP if you have an illness or injury that will not go away.

999 and A & E
A&E is for serious and life-threatening injuries and conditions only.

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