Be prepared this Easter weekend
02 April 2015
With the Easter weekend approaching, Southend University Hospital would like to remind members of the public to use local health service wisely and only visit the accident and emergency department if they are seriously unwell or critically injured.
Sue Hardy, acting chief executive at the hospital, said: "Easter
is one of the hospital's busiest times with the double bank
holiday, so we would encourage people to only visit the emergency
department if it is absolutely necessary.
"Patients attending our emergency department are prioritised
according to how unwell they are, so those with 'non-urgent'
conditions will wait much longer than usual."
Choosing the most appropriate service
Choking, chest pain, blacking out, blood loss and fractures are
all considered emergencies, and anyone with symptoms like this
should not hesitate to visit their local A&E department.
If your GP surgery is closed and you need more than telephone
advice, you can avoid several hours' wait in the emergency
department by telephoning NHS 111 for an appointment with your GP's
out-of-hours service. This runs from 6.30pm until 8.00am Monday to
Friday, and all day at weekends and Bank Holidays.
St Luke's Health Centre (Pantile Avenue, Southend) is open at
weekends and Bank Holidays from 8.00am to 8.00pm. The walk-in
service offers treatment, information and advice for a range of
minor illnesses and injuries including:
cuts and grazes
coughs, colds and flu-like symptoms
minor scalds and burns
strains and sprains
minor ear, throat, skin and eye conditions.
What's open when and where this Easter in south east Essex?
In many instances your local pharmacy is a good choice.
Pharmacists can help give advice and over-the-counter remedies for
diarrhoea, minor infections, headaches, coughs and colds, as well
as selling bandages and supports for minor twists and sprains.
Anyone who is unsure of the best course of action should
telephone NHS 111 for health advice; they are available 24 hours a
day, seven days a week.