DR Paul Bowen, GP with McIlvride Medical Practice, Poynton and clinical chair of NHS Eastern Cheshire CCG I WANT to start this week’s column by thanking readers for using health services responsibly so far this winter.
Figures from Macclesfield Hospital show that fewer than 10 per cent of people visiting A&E had self-limiting conditions which potentially could have been managed at home.
Yet A&E remains under great pressure at this time of year as more people attend with health problems, such as falls, asthma and other respiratory conditions, which can be worsened by cold weather.
That’s why it’s so important for us all to continue heeding the CCG’s Choose Well plea. Choose Well encourages people to seek health advice appropriate to their level of need and avoid going to A&E unless it is really necessary.
Choose Well puts its message across by