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Choose well before attending A&E this winter

Posted on Tuesday 3rd December 2013
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Patients are being asked to ‘choose well’ and think twice before attending A&E or dialling 999 this winter.

North Cumbria University Hospitals NHS Trust is appealing to people to remember that A&E and 999 services are for life-threatening and emergency conditions, in order to help them to provide the fastest possible treatment for people who need it the most.

The hospital trust, along with NHS Cumbria Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), Cumbria Partnership NHS Foundation Trust and University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Foundation Trust are working together to provide information to help people to stay well in the winter months and to access the right treatment and the right location if they do become ill.

A mini-website, www.choosewellcumbria.co.uk has been designed by NHS Cumbria CCG for smartphones, tablets and computers so people can access the information where and when they need it. The online service includes information on where to get medical care out-of-hours and appealing to the public not to go to A&E departments unless they genuinely have a very serious health problem. has been designed by NHS Cumbria CCG for smartphones, tablets and computers so people can access the information where and when they need it. The online service includes information on where to get medical care out-of-hours and appealing to the public not to go to A&E departments unless they genuinely have a very serious health problem.

Every year around two million people across the country who go to A&E could either self-care or could have been treated elsewhere in the community.

A&E is the best option for life-threatening and serious emergencies, such as serious accidents and burns, breathing problems, heart attacks and strokes. For other conditions and illnesses, a range of NHS services are available including high street pharmacies, GP practices and walk-in centres at local community hospitals.

Dr Peter Weaving, GP Clinical Director and Clinical Director for Emergency Care at the Trust, said: “I would like to encourage local people to make sure that they choose the right service and help our teams to cope over the winter months. Our A&E teams have to deal with many people who have life-threatening conditions such as heart attacks and strokes, plus those who have been involved in serious accidents. We need to ensure that we can concentrate on helping these emergency cases.

“Before you come to A&E, take a moment to think carefully about whether you could be treated elsewhere. Your local high street chemist can give expert, fast and confidential advice and treatment for many common complaints and can refer you on to other services if needed.

“Also for those people who have long term conditions such as asthma, diabetes and heart disease, talk to your GP or specialist nurse about care planning for your own particular circumstances if your condition should worsen.”

To find out more about health services in Cumbria and for details on how to choose the right NHS service for you, please visit www.choosewellcumbria.co.uk

A&E Choose Well posters and leaflets are being sent out by NHS Cumbria CCG this week to all GP surgeries and community pharmacies.