‘Talk be­fore you walk to hos­pi­tal’

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - NEWS -

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.”

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