Another plea over A&E

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Another plea over A&E

GPs in Peterborough are urging local residents to seek medical advice and help from them instead of going to A&E.

Peterborough City Hospital has seen a rise in the number of people using their emergency department this year.

Officials say one of the reasons is people attending with minor conditions that they have had for a long time which could have been seen by a GP or pharmacist earlier.

Examples include

  • Back pain that could have been seen by a GP when it was first started, but patients are leaving it until it s so bad they feel they need A&E for help
  • Concerns about a coughs that last a long time that could be helped by a pharmacist
  • Complications of common infections, such as ear and throat infections, which would not have escalated had patients seen a GP much earlier.

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