A&E demand prompts appeal from Sussex NHS Trust

A sharp rise in temperatures saw the busiest day of the year at A&E departments in Worthing and Chichester last weekend.

Tuesday, 19th July 2016, 2:10 pm
Updated Thursday, 25th August 2016, 6:34 pm

Staff in the emergency departments at Worthing Hospital and St Richard’s in Chichester treated around 500 people in 24 hours on Sunday 17 July.

The figure marked a 32 per cent from the average daily demand for accident and emergency at the hospitals, and the intense pressure has lead to calls to reiterate the need to save A&E for saving lives.

Dr George Findlay, Medical Director at Western Sussex Hospitals, said: “Our A&E departments are extremely busy – but not everyone who attends our units in Worthing and Chichester has come to the right place to receive the right care for them.

“If you’re not a real emergency you could get quicker treatment closer to home by calling 111 or visiting your local pharmacist.

“Across the country, one in four people who go to A&E could receive effective care and treatment from other NHS services.

“By choosing not to go to A&E when you could receive effective care by another service, our highly skilled A&E teams are able to focus on people suffering from strokes, heart attacks and other life-threatening injuries and illnesses.”

Doctors stress that anyone with very serious injuries or urgent conditions should not refrain from visiting emergency departments, but that A&E stands for accident and emergency only.

For advice on what to do, call NHS 111 for free health advice and assistance, or visit www.nhs.uk.

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