Examine your options before using Accident and Emergency departments is the message from busy doctors and nurses as Easter approaches.
“A&E is for people facing life-threatening and serious emergencies such as serious accidents, serious burns, breathing problems, heart attacks and strokes,” said Liz Yates, Director of Nursing at Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust.
“You don’t need an appointment at A&E but we’ll make an assessment on arrival and, depending on how urgent treatment is needed, you may have to wait up to four hours. The triage nurse or clinician may also signpost you to a different health care provider such as your GP, dentist or pharmacy.
“That’s why you might be better examining your options and choosing another NHS service – or even treating yourself.”
Coughs, colds, sore throats, upset stomachs, general aches and pains, and flu will usually clear up on their own. Keep warm, drink plenty of fluids and, if appropriate, treat with over-the-counter painkillers such as paracetamol.
Contact a GP or the GP out of hours service for help with injuries or illnesses that won’t go away.
Trust clinics providing sexual health services will be closed on Good Friday and Easter Monday. Emergency contraception is available at community pharmacists, walk-in centres and A&E. HIV post-exposure prophylaxis (PEP) is also available from A&E. There is more information on our sexual health website. Safe Place in Liverpool will help with sexual assault referrals.
Local pharmacies and NHS Choices are also a good source of information and advice. Click the links for information about pharmacy opening times in Southport and Formby, and West Lancashire.
Issued by Tony Ellis, marketing and communications manager Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust Telephone 01704 704494 Email email@example.com