Advice for medical emergency

PUBLISHED: 08:00 08 March 2015

A drop-in session is being held to inform people where to go in a medical emergency.

A drop-in session is being held to inform people where to go in a medical emergency.

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A GP surgery in Nailsea is holding a drop-in session to inform people where to go in a medical emergency.

Carole Brooke, practice manager at Tower House Medical Centre, said the surgery in Stock Way North has never been busier.

The information event is being held to try to direct people to the correct places for treatment and take the pressure off crowded accident and emergency (A&E) departments and medical centres.

She said: “I think everybody knows that A&Es have been under pressure.

“We are trying to inform people of the best place to go for what’s happening to them.

“Lots of people have a tendency to go to A&E and don’t know about Clevedon’s minor injuries unit or pharmacies.

“We are busier than we’ve ever been and I think every GP practice would say the same. At the moment we have been seeing lots of people with respiratory conditions.

“The aim is to provide the public with a little more clarity about who, when and how to contact when the need arises with the aim of avoiding unnecessary trips to hospital when services are available locally.”

A&E departments across the country have been struggling to cope with 
a surge in patients and health 
organisations are urging people to ensure they seek help from the right place.

Representatives from BrisDoc, 111 service, Clevedon minor injuries unit and the ambulance service will be at the event on March 14 as well as pharmacists and a nurse clinician.

The event is open to all residents 
and will run from 9.30-11.30am. To 
find out more, call Carole on 01275 866753.


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