Statistics from the Accident and Emergency (A&E) department at Rotherham Hospital show that there is still a significant number of people coming to A&E who do not need to be there.
Spikes in attendances are placing increasing pressure on the service and compromising services for those who do need urgent care.
Chris Holt, Chief Operating officer at The Rotherham NHS foundation Trust, said: “We desperately need members of the public to support us in making sure we can give vital care to those who have serious illnesses and those who have suffered major injuries.
“We continue to see patients in A&E who could have received fast, expert advice from their local pharmacy, GP or by calling the NHS 111 service. Please only come to A&E if you need urgent care or treatment.”
If you feel unwell or have a minor accident consider these options before coming to A&E:
• Self care – look after yourself at home with a well-stocked medicine cabinet
• Visit your local pharmacy (chemist) – for expert advice on common illnesses and the best medicines to treat them. To find your nearest pharmacy visit http://www.rotherhamccg.nhs.uk/pharmacy-first.htm
• Ring NHS 111 – 24 hour helpline health enquiry and advice. If you are not sure where to go for your ailment, ask NHS 111.
• Make an appointment with your GP (doctor) - for illnesses that just won’t go away
An essential medicine cabinet should include:
• Pain relief such as paracetamol and aspirin (aspirin should not be given to children under 16 or to people with asthma)
• Children’s paracetamol oral suspension and ibuprofen syrups – free from pharmacy if you receive free prescriptions
• Mild laxatives to relieve constipation
• Cold relief products
• Rehydration mixtures for diarrhoea or vomiting to use if feeling dehydrated after a bout of sickness or diarrhoea
• Indigestion remedy
• Travel sickness tablets for family trips
• A thermometer to check for fever
• A range of bandages, plasters, non-absorbent cotton wool, elastic bandages and dressings for minor cuts, sprains and bruises
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.