Young people urged to ask ‘Is A&E for me?’

Young people are being urged to ask 'Is A&E for me?'
Young people are being urged to ask 'Is A&E for me?'

A campaign urging young people to check whether they really need to go to accident and emergency is holding several outreach events in Kettering.

The campaign, which launched in February, is targeting 16 to 29-year-olds in Northamptonshire and aims to remind them of the importance of only going to A&E for serious or life-threatening emergencies.

The outreach event features a scratch card test to raise awareness of where young people should go for various illnesses and health complaints.

The Kettering events will be taking place on Saturday, March 15, 8pm to 1am, The Earl of Dalkeith, Kettering; Thursday, March 20, 10am to 3pm, Tresham College, Kettering Campus, Windmill Avenue; Friday, March 21, 11am to 4pm, Asda Kettering Superstore; Monday, March 24, 3pm to 8pm, Balance Health Club, Kettering; Saturday, March 29, 11am to 4pm, Newlands Shopping Centre, Kettering.

Dr Kamal Sood, clinical director at NHS Nene CCG, said: “We want to help young people of Northamptonshire get the right care, at the right time, in the right place.

“Our campaign does this in many ways including working with our frontline staff to help young people to better understand where to go when they are ill or hurt.

“No one likes to sit in a hospital waiting for treatment if they can help it. So before you go to A&E, ask yourself, is A&E for me?”

For more information on the alternative services available to A&E visit www.askyourself.org.uk.