Parents urged not to visit A&E unless absolutely necessary

Parents are being urged to avoid taking their children to A&E unless it is absolutely necessary
Parents are being urged to avoid taking their children to A&E unless it is absolutely necessary

Families are being reminded to Choose Well and not hop to A&E over the school Easter Holidays unless they are faced with a life-threatening condition.

All parents want what is best for their child, however many take them to A&E when they can be treated quicker and more conveniently closer to home.

Dr Judith Dawson, urgent care lead at NHS Nene Clinical Commissioning Group, said: “Parents can visit their local pharmacy for advice and medication for many common complaints such as colds, strains, headaches and minor infections.

“If you require urgent medical attention outside of normal GP opening hours you can contact the GP Out of Hours service.”

Dr Peter Wilczynski, chair designate of NHS Corby Clinical Commissioning Group, said: “The Corby Urgent Care Centre is open every day between 8am and 8pm.

“This service is for the assessment and treatment of conditions which you think cannot wait for a GP appointment at your own practice, and requires urgent and necessary attention.”

An online health guide has been produced to help remind people on their different treatment options, top tips for enjoying the bank holiday weekend and bank holiday pharmacy opening times.

The guide can be viewed at either www.corbyccg.nhs.uk/easter or www.neneccg.nhs.uk/easter.