The Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Edgbaston are urging people to ‘Choose Well’ before attending Accident and Emergency to help limit the strain on the service.
The ‘Choose Well’ campaign is a national NHS initiative which aim is to help people choose the best action to take/place to get treatment if they fall ill, lessoning the demand on emergency services to help those most in need.
A spokesperson for QEH said: “We are currently dealing with an unprecedented demand on services throughout our hospitals.
We appreciate that people are choosing to attend our Emergency Departments (A&E) because of perceived long waits for doctors’ appointments. However, the large number of patients attending who could be appropriately seen at a GP surgery instead, is preventing us from dealing with our acute patients in a timely manner.”
We would urge anyone who does not require emergency treatment to ‘Choose Well’ and consider self care, pharmacists, calling 111 for advice or taking advantage of the extra out-of-hours GP appointments available throughout the winter months.”
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