THE NHS West Cheshire Clinical Commissioning Group is asking people to only go to A&E in an emergency this Easter.
As part of its ‘Choose Well’ campaign, the commissioning group is advising people that there are other ways of getting medical attention if you are unwell but the case is not an emergency.
Dr Julia Riley, clinical lead for urgent care in West Cheshire, said “This year more than any other, we are asking people for their support, to make sure that we can continue to give rapid and excellent emergency care to people who are seriously ill.
“We have to make sure that 999 services and A&E are reserved for people with life-threatening and serious conditions, such as heart-attacks, strokes and serious accidents.
“At the moment, we are seeing a rise in the number of people either calling 999 or going to A&E; some have problems that can be treated in the community.”
Many minor ailments can be self-treated with a well-stocked medicines cabinet including paracetamol, indigestion remedies, antiseptic, bandages, and a thermometer.
Community pharmacists are also highly trained to give advice and treatment for minor ailments.
Healthy adults will usually start to recover from colds and stomach upsets in 48 hours, although they should take advice from their GP if symptoms do not improve, or if they suspect something more serious is wrong.
Dr Riley added: “We want to encourage local residents to use services such as their local GPs or the out-of-hours service not to mention all the local pharmacies that are able to give expert advice without an appointment, instead of attending A&E.”