Surrey and Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust (SASH) is urging local people to stay safe during Halloween (31 October) and Bonfire Night (5 November 2019).
With some dangers around Halloween costumes and handling fireworks, it is important to stay safe and act responsibly to avoid injury or harm. The emergency department (ED) is for emergencies only, minor conditions can be managed safely and effectively at home or with the advice from a pharmacist.
Anyone who does not have a life-threatening illness or injury is asked to make an appointment with their GP. Or, if their GP practice is closed call NHS 111 for free, 24 hours a day.
The Urgent Treatment Centre at Crawley Hospital is open 24 hours a day, every day of the year and can treat most injuries or illnesses that are not life threatening, including minor burns and scalds, minor head and eye injuries.
Jane Dickson, chief nurse at SASH who runs East Surrey Hospital, said: “It is important to remember that hospitals are very busy places all you round and to make sure that our patients receive the very best care, we want to remind everyone to think before going to ED at this time. ED staff need to prioritise dealing with life threatening emergencies, to provide urgent help for people who may have become seriously ill and experienced a stroke or a heart attack.”
- For advice to help prevent getting ill and self-manage minor illnesses visit NHS Choices https://www.nhs.uk/pages/home.aspx
Alternative NHS services available:
- If you are visiting Lewes Minor Injuries Unit at Lewes Victoria Hospital, please note the unit will be closed from Wednesday 6 November – April 2020 whilst it undergoes major work to provide improved services as an Urgent Treatment Centre.