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Reminder about alternatives to A&E

The A&E Departments at the Royal Shrewsbury Hospital (RSH) and Princess Royal Hospital (PRH) in Telford have been very busy and the number of people attending A&E has risen, in particular today (Wednesday 9.8.17).

People suffering from minor illness or injuries are being asked to use other more appropriate health services and allow the hospitals to focus on those people with serious conditions, who need to be seen urgently.

Alternative sources of care for non-critical ailments are:

  • Go to a local pharmacy – Pharmacists are experts in medicines and will use their clinical expertise, together with their practical knowledge to offer advice on common problems.   They can provide advice and treat a range of minor illnesses and conditions, such as coughs, colds, aches and pains.   Pharmacists can also help you decide whether you need to see a doctor.
  • NHS 111 – can provide medical help fast when it’s not a 999 emergency.  Call 111, free from any phone 24 hours a day 7 days a week.  Where you can talk with someone for appropriate health information and advice. 
  • Or go to the NHS website http://www.nhs.uk for information at your finger-tips and advice on conditions and treatments.
  • Minor Injuries Units (MIUs) – are located around the county in Bridgnorth, Whitchurch, Ludlow, Oswestry, Welshpool and Newtown.   MIUs can treat a range of minor conditions without the need to travel to an A&E department.
  • GP Practices - You can also book urgent appointments at GP practices, often for the same day.   If you are poorly out of normal working hours, you can call Shropdoc, the GP Out-of-Hours service, on 0333 222 66 55.

Remember: A&E is only for the most serious and life-threatening cases.

BBC Health News