Surrey and Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust (SASH) is urging local people to think before going to A&E during the August bank holiday weekend (24-26 August 2019).
A&E is for emergencies only. Anyone who does not have a life-threatening illness or injury is asked to make an appointment with their GP. Or, if their GP practice is closed call NHS 111 for free, 24 hours a day.
With a range of local NHS healthcare services available, minor conditions, such as hay fever or sunburn can be managed safely and effectively at home or with advice from a pharmacist.
The Urgent Treatment Centre at Crawley Hospital is open 24 hours a day, every day of the year and can treat most injuries or illnesses that are not life threatening, including chest infections, sprains and strains, broken bones, minor burns and scalds, minor head and eye injuries.
Michael Wilson CBE, chief executive at SASH who runs East Surrey Hospital, said: “Hospitals are very busy places all year round and to ensure that our patients continue to get the very best care, please remember to think before going to A&E this weekend. A&E staff are needed to deal with life threatening emergencies and to provide urgent help for people who may have become seriously ill and experienced a stroke or a heart attack.”
- For advice to help prevent getting ill and self-manage minor illnesses visit NHS Choices https://www.nhs.uk/pages/home.aspx