Stay away from A&E unless it’s an emergency, Northamptonshire residents are urged

In recent months Kettering Hospital has struggled to cope with people coming to A&E unnecessarily
In recent months Kettering Hospital has struggled to cope with people coming to A&E unnecessarily
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Northamptonshire residents are being reminded not to use accident and emergency unless it is a genuine life-threatening emergency.

The Nene Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), which is in charge of healthcare in the county, says it is vital to make sure people choose the most appropriate NHS service so additional pressure is not put on busy hospitals.

In a statement, the CCG said: “Where possible, self-care and remember you can always seek advice from NHS 111 which operates 24 hours a day, seven days a week or alternatively you can visit NHS Choices at www.nhs.uk.

“Don’t forget you can also speak to your local pharmacist, who can provide confidential, expert advice and treatment for a range of common illnesses and complaints. There are pharmacies open across the county on the New Year’s Day bank holiday

“Injuries that give more cause for concern such as suspected breaks, sprains, strains, minor burns and wounds as well as minor illnesses can be treated at the Corby Urgent Care Centre. The centre is open 8am to midnight at Willowbrook Health Complex, Cottingham Road, Corby.

“If it’s an emergency and you need care when your GP is shut or on the bank holiday, call NHS 111 who can arrange for you to see an out of hours GP or refer you to another service.”

For more information on health services over the New Year including pharmacy bank holiday opening hours, advice on alcohol and information on looking after mental health and wellbeing, click here.