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Attendances To Emergency Department

26 February 2016

Mid Cheshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (MCHFT) is asking for the help of the local community as increased numbers of patients are being admitted to Leighton Hospital in Crewe.

The Trust is doing all it can to ensure the safety of patients, but is encouraging members of the public to only use its Emergency Department for serious and life-threatening conditions such as heart-attacks, strokes, serious accidents and breathing difficulties.

MCHFT has a number of robust plans in place to deal with additional demand. These include opening up additional beds and cancelling non-essential surgery, with any postponed operations rearranged as soon as possible.

We would like to apologise to those patients who have had to wait longer than normal for their care and treatment and to those patients who have had to have elective or planned operations and procedures cancelled.  We would like to assure the public that cancellations are only done as a very last resort.

If, when triaged, staff believe that patients can be treated through a different route other than the Emergency Department, this will be facilitated and the patient redirected accordingly.

Other less serious conditions can be treated through the variety of healthcare services available in the community or on the high street, as promoted in the NHS ‘Choose Well’ campaign.

Choose Well is a national initiative which aims to give people information so that they know where to go in the first instance to get fast, expert advice when they need it, and how to help themselves if they have a common illness or ailment.

Self-care is often the best choice to treat common illnesses and complaints such as coughs, colds, sore throats, upset stomachs and aches and pains, all of which can often be treated with a well-stocked medicine cabinet and plenty of rest.

For expert advice and treatment, without the need to wait for a GP appointment, local pharmacies are able to provide a confidential service, as can NHS 111 and the NHS Choices website (www.nhs.uk). NHS Choices can also help you to locate your nearest NHS services such as GPs, dentists and pharmacies.

For further information on the local Choose Well campaign, please visit the NHS South Cheshire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) website (www.southcheshireccg.nhs.uk/choose-well/choose-well) or the NHS Vale Royal CCG website (www.valeroyalccg.nhs.uk/choose-well/choose-well).