Renewed appeal over A&E numbers

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Renewed appeal over A&E numbers

Health bosses are again urging people in Peterborough to only go to A and E if it`s an absolute emergency.

Officials say the departments at PCH and other hospitals in the county have been very busy over the last few days.

Residents are asked to consider whether they could use alternative services such as their local pharmacy, GP or minor injury units.

Figures show, in 2014/15, 1 in 4 (59,578 of the 238,313) patients who attended A&E in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough during 2014/15 could have self-cared or used alternative services.

This could have saved the local NHS over £4 million  the equivalent cost of 677 hip replacements, or 287 liver transplants or 115 more dementia nurses.

Further information about NHS 111 is available HERE

You can also find out more about local Minor Injuries and Illness Units and pharmacies HERE

For information about staying well this winter click HERE

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