Statement on Junior Doctors 24 hour strike starting Wednesday Feb 10

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Statement on Junior Doctors 24 hour strike starting Wednesday Feb 10

Posted on Wednesday 10th February 2016

Dr David Rogers, Medical Director for NHS Cumbria Clinical Commissioning Group and lead for the North Cumbria System Resilience Group, said: “Our first priority is patient safety and NHS organisations in Cumbria have tried and tested contingency plans in place. We would urge everyone to ensure they use the right service for their needs. It is very important that we make sure A&E is used for real emergencies only. If you aren’t sure if your ailment is an emergency you can get free and quick advice online through NHS Choices or call NHS 111”

During this time all health organisations are asking the public to be mindful of the extra pressures and to use their NHS wisely.

Other services are available to those with health concerns and 999 and A&E should only be used for serious accidents and life threatening emergencies.

NHS Choices| is a comprehensive resource that can give you advice on which NHS service to access.

Advice for patients:

  • For very minor problems such as a hangover, indigestion or a grazed knee, people should self-care with medication that is often already in the house but can be picked up at the local pharmacy (such as plasters, paracetamol and antacids).
  • For minor infections, coughs and colds, or sore throats expert advice can be given by your local pharmacist. Pharmacists are highly trained and there is usually a private area for you to have a conversation about your concerns.
  • For ailments such as stomach pain and vomiting, a persistent cough or ear pain you should call your GP surgery, visit your local minor injuries unit or call 111.
  • For things like chest pain, suspected stroke or broken bones you should call 999 or go to your local A&E.
Posted on Wednesday 10th February 2016

 

 
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