Surrey and Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust (SASH) is reminding people to think twice before going to A&E over the Easter holiday period.
Dr Ben Mearns, chief of medicine at SASH, which runs East Surrey Hospital, said: “If you become ill over the Easter holiday there are many NHS services that can help you get better depending on your condition.
“For less serious, urgent conditions including sprains, fractures, stings and bites, your nearest Minor Injuries Unit or Urgent Care Centre can care for you.
“If you do not have an urgent condition, consider making an appointment with your GP. If the GP practice is closed, call 111 – the free NHS phone service, which is available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year to get advice on the most appropriate care.
“For conditions such as coughs, colds or upset stomach and other common illnesses, local pharmacists are qualified to offer advice and dispense medicines.”
People can search ‘Find Pharmacy services’ at www.nhs.uk for the nearest pharmacy and opening times.
A&E is for serious or life-threatening emergencies only and there are a range of local NHS healthcare services available:
Walk-in centres – with no appointment necessary your local walk-in centre is managed by doctors and nurses who are available to deal with minor illnesses and injuries, such as cuts, burns, sprains and suspected broken bones. Full details of all the walk-in centres in your area can be found on the Surrey and Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust website: www.surreyandsussex.nhs.uk
|Caterham Minor Injuries Unit (MIU)||Caterham Dene Hospital|
tel. 01883 837512
|9am – 8pm, seven days a week|
For people aged 18 years and over
|Crawley Urgent Treatment Centre (UTC)||Crawley Hospital West Green Drive Crawley |
tel. 01293 600420
|Open 24 Hours|
|Horsham Minor Injuries Unit||Horsham Hospital Hurst Road Horsham |
tel. 01403 227000 Ext 7202
|9am – 5pm Monday to Friday|
|Emergency Dental Line||tel. 0845 2712040|
NHS 111 – free phone service available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. For patients with urgent, but not life-threatening symptoms
GP out-of-hours service – if you need to see a doctor when your GP surgery is closed, call NHS 111 (dial 111).