Only use A&E in emergency this Christmas, public told
By Nick Triggle
26 December 2015
From the section Health
The public are being urged to think twice before they use A&E over the festive period to help hospitals cope.
NHS bosses in England are worried that the way Christmas and New Year falls this year could lead to a surge in demand after the long weekends.
They have been urging people to stock up on painkillers and cough syrups to deal with minor ailments.
Patients should also look to use alternatives to A&E such as the NHS 111 phone line and pharmacies if possible.
Long weekends tend to result in a peak in demand for emergency services on the first working day back.
It is not known exactly why this is although experts suggest as people are unable to …read more
Source:: BBC UK