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Patients urged to avoid A&E this bank holiday

East Surrey Emergency department

Published by the Eagle Radio News Team at 6:06am 25th August 2018.

Hospitals in our area are calling on people to only visit A&E if absolutely necessary, to help manage the load during the bank holiday weekend.

Surrey and Sussex Healthcare have issued a reminder that anyone who does not have a life threatening illness or injury should contact their GP.

They advise that if your GP is closed, the non-emergency NHS helpline 111 are contactable 24 hours a day.

Alternative NHS services, such as walk-in centres and pharmacies, will also be able provide advice and treat minor aliments. 

No appointments are necessary for patients wishing to access local walk in centres.

Michael Wilson CBE, chief executive at Surrey and Sussex Healthcare who runs East Surrey Hospital, said: "Please remember that A&E is for emergencies only.

"A&E staff are needed to deal with life threatening emergencies and to provide urgent help for people who may have become seriously ill and experienced a stroke or a heart attack.”

More advice can also be found on the NHS Choices website.

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