Don’t go to A&E unless absolutely necessary plea

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WIGANERS are being urged not to visit the A&E department at Wigan Infirmary unless they have been involved in an accident or it’s a life threatening emergency.

Mary Fleming, Acting Director of Operations said: “The A&E department at Wigan Infirmary has been extremely busy over the New Year weekend and this is continuing today.

Everyone will benefit if we can give urgent and emergency care to the people most in need. We are therefore appealing to the public to think twice and make sure they choose the right service for minor illnesses, ailments and injuries. The public should only attend A&E if they have a serious health condition or in a genuine emergency.”

The health agencies throughout the Wigan borough are currently dealing with rise in demands. We want to ensure all patients receive the right care, at the right time and in the right location. And A&E is not the right choice for minor conditions.

Please consider all of the healthcare options available to you before coming to A&E. Self-medicate where appropriate, make an appointment with your GP, attend the Walk-in Centre at Leigh, or speak to your local pharmacist. If you need non-emergency medical help outside of your GP opening hours, please contact the Out-of-Hours service on 01942 829911.