Health chiefs in bank holiday warning over A&E

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Health chiefs are warning people not to visit the accident and emergency department at Kettering General Hospital during the bank holiday weekend unless they really need to be there.

It is only for people who are experiencing a life-threatening emergency such as a heart attack, stroke or a serious accident.

People are being advised to use GP out-of-hours services and chemists, some of which will be open during the break.

Dr Peter Wilczynski, chairman of NHS Corby Clinical Commissioning Group, said: “Everyone enjoys the long relaxing weekend, however many people choose to spend part of it in A&E when they don’t need to.

“There are lots of NHS services available if people are unwell or injured, including pharmacy, NHS 111 and the Corby Urgent Care Centre, which is open from 8am to 8pm every day of the year.”

Pharmacies can give advice on treating symptoms such as diarrhoea, minor infections and headaches.

For colds, flu and stomach upsets, over-the-counter remedies and plenty of rest are advised.

People can check their symptoms by visiting www.nhs.uk.