Patients asked to consider A&E options

PATIENTS who go to A&E without considering other healthcare options are being asked whether they really need to visit the hospital.Health bosses from NHS Great Yarmouth and Waveney are urging anyone who needs medical treatment for minor injuries not to automatically go to A&E but consider all the other options available, such as a minor injury unit or Walk-In Centre.

PATIENTS who go to A&E without considering other healthcare options are being asked whether they really need to visit the hospital.

Health bosses from NHS Great Yarmouth and Waveney are urging anyone who needs medical treatment for minor injuries not to automatically go to A&E but consider all the other options available, such as a minor injury unit or Walk-In Centre.

Shamsher Diu, Public Health Consultant at NHS Great Yarmouth and Waveney, said: “Instead of going to A&E you could go to the Great Yarmouth Walk in Centre called NHS Greyfriars or if you have a cut, sprain or strain you can go the minor injury unit at Beccles. These are open on Bank Holiday Monday.

“We know it can be a difficult time if you or a loved one is poorly, but just for a second think about where else you may get treatment. It will probably mean you will be seen quicker too.”

NHS Greyfriars, in Greyfriars Way, Great Yarmouth, is open from 8am to 8pm every day, including Bank Holidays or other public holidays. Call 01493 335340.

The minor injury unit at Beccles Hospital in St Mary's Road, Beccles, is open from 8am to 8pm every day including this Bank Holiday Monday. Call 01502 719821.

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The minor injury unit at Patrick Stead Hospital in Halesworth will be closed on Bank Holiday Monday.

Medical advice is also available by calling NHS Direct on 0845 4647 or on the website www.nhsdirect.nhs.uk, or people can also go their local chemist and talk through their symptoms with a pharmacist.