Latest NHS figures reveal that over a third (111,012) of patients that attended one of the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough’s A&E departments over the past year could have used an alternative NHS service.
Today, as the second May Bank Holiday approaches, local health chiefs are urging residents to consider if they could in fact visit a pharmacy or call NHS 111 or even care for themselves at home instead.
They say it’s crucial that people choose the right health service to ensure A&E is kept free for those who really need it.
The advice, if you are unsure, is to call NHS 111 which is open 24/7, every day of the year.
A total of 309,414 patients attended an A&E in Cambridgeshire or Peterborough between April 2015 and April 2016.
This was an increase of 10,000 on the previous year which equates to an extra 26 patients a day.