Doctors urge the public to think twice before using emergency services this winter

The Advertiser Series: Ambulances outside Darlington Memorial Hospital's A&E department Ambulances outside Darlington Memorial Hospital's A&E department

DOCTORS are urging residents to check the range of health services available to them before using emergency services and accident and emergency departments over the winter.

NHS Hambleton, Richmondshire and Whitby Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) said while emergency services and departments in the area face increasing numbers of patients over the winter, significant numbers of the patients could be treated by a more appropriate NHS service.

Dr Charles Parker, the CCG's lead for urgent care, said it was vital people help keep emergency services free for seriously ill patients by visiting their GP, pharmacy or minor injuries unit.

Leaflets and posters detailing patients' options for different conditions will be displayed at GP practices, health centres and pharmacies.

For details, visit hambletonrichmondshireandwhitbyccg.nhs.uk or the CCG's Facebook and Twitter pages.

Comments

Comments are closed on this article.

click2find

About cookies

We want you to enjoy your visit to our website. That's why we use cookies to enhance your experience. By staying on our website you agree to our use of cookies. Find out more about the cookies we use.

I agree