‘Talk before you walk to hospital’
PEOPLE are being reminded to use the right service to aid the NHS in helping its patients as cold weather continues.
Last month health bosses warned there had been an increase in the use of the Stoke Mandeville accident and emergency department, putting ‘unprecedented pressure’ on healthcare services.
Bosses called for people only to use A&E in emergencies, and to use 111 phone service in other instances.
Chief Clinical Officer at Chiltern Clinical Commissioning Group Dr Annet Gamell said: “Winter is a busy time for the NHS. The cold weather, short days, ice and snow along with seasonal ailments like flu and colds, bring extra pressure to the health service. There is a lot people can do to make life easier for themselves and for the NHS. By choosing the right services and treatments they can save themselves a lot of time and inconvenience whilst making sure healthcare staff are treating those who most need their help.
“Remember, NHS 111 can book an out-of-hours appointment with a GP or direct you to nurse-led phone advice and high street pharmacies – it’s best to talk before you walk.”