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Patients across Gloucestershire are being urged to get the right healthcare advice this winter and leave the county’s two Emergency Departments to care for people with serious injuries and life threatening conditions.

Dr Tom Llewellyn, Clinical Director for Emergency Care at Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust said:

“Our emergency departments are very busy places, particularly during the winter months, and therefore we urge the public to do the right thing and only use A&E if they have life threatening conditions or serious injuries.

If it isn’t a genuine emergency, you are likely to receive the care you need in a more timely fashion if you access other health services available. We need to focus our time on those patients who are seriously unwell.”

If people are ill or injured and are unsure where to turn, they are advised to follow the ASAP message – download the ASAP App (ASAP Glos NHS), Search the website (www.asapglos.nhs.uk), Ask NHS 111 or Pop in to their local pharmacy.

Dr Andy Seymour, Clinical Chair of NHS Gloucestershire Clinical Commissioning Group said:

“The choice of healthcare options is often greater than people realise, particularly for the treatment of minor ailments.

The local pharmacy is a great first port of call. Pharmacists are qualified to give advice on a range of conditions, are experts on medicines and can advise people on whether they need to call or visit another NHS service.

Candace Plouffe, Chief Operating Officer at Gloucestershire Care Services NHS Trust, which runs the county’s community hospitals and its community nursing service said:

“We have minor injury units at all seven of our community hospital sites where we can treat a wide range of conditions including minor illnesses, sprains, simple fractures, minor burns, stitches and skin problems and would encourage people to use these where possible as an alternative to A&E.

You are likely to be seen quickly, there is free parking available and you don’t need to make an appointment.”

7 December 2016