A&E - IS YOUR ATTENDANCE APPROPRIATE?
Over 200 attendances by patients registered at this practice are recorded by A&E departments every month - and many of these could be avoided.
Are you aware that there are alternatives available?
Did you know that:
Our reception team is available from 8:00am to 6:30pm every weekday and will route your call to your own GP or the duty GP who may give advice over the phone or invite you to attend the surgery for a same-day appointment. This is often quicker than attending A&E. Tel: 01444 233450
The practice has two emergency surgeries every weekday for acute medical problems.
GPs can, where appropriate, access suitable alternative pathways on your behalf.
For certain conditions, the GP may advise that an A&E attendance is appropriate.
111 (the local out-of-hours service) is available outside of surgery times and at weekends and you will be given medical advice over the phone, offered the opportunity to attend the Avenue Surgery for a consultation or where necessary, a GP will make a domicillary visit. Tel: 111.
Self-Care - Many everyday illnesses can be managed at home with a well-stocked medicine cabinet.
Pharmacy First - For medicines advice and minor ailments you can have a chat with your pharmacist. Pharmacists are qualified to give you free, expert advice and you don't need an appointment. It can be cheaper to buy medicines direct from the chemist than to be prescribed them by your GP.
If you would like a leaflet on self-care, please call into one of our sites and ask at reception. Alternatively follow the links below:
So before you attend A&E please stop to think - is this the most appropriate way for me to be treated?