Health Advice

Each year one in four people in Cambridgeshire use A&E when they could use another NHS service.
We are trying to get this message out to local residents and encourage them to use another NHS service such as a GP or a pharmacist. Each trip to A&E costs the local NHS £87 and that’s before any treatment is given.

Stay well this winter

In the past year as many of one in four residents in Cambridgeshire visited A&E when they could have used an alternative service or looked after themselves at home.

 Each visit to A&E costs the local NHS £87, and that’s before any treatment is given. When you look at the figures, this costs the local NHS over £4million a year. In turn this is the equivalent cost of 677 hip replacements, or 287 liver transplants or 115 more dementia nurses.

Using A&E when you don’t need to can also have a knock-on effect to the rest of the hospital, as busy A&E departments resulted in 500 cancelled operations and procedures because a bed was no longer available, and longer waiting and referral times.

But you can help

·         Stay healthy – get a flu vaccination if you are eligible

·         Look after others – check on elderly friends, relatives and neighbours especially in spells of cold weather, help them to keep warm and have the medication they might need

·         Be prepared – get your prescriptions in early before the holidays and see your pharmacist or GP for any issues you might be putting off

·         Choose the right service – your local pharmacy can provide confidential, expert advice and treatment for a range of common illnesses and complaints, without having to wait for a GP appointment.

 

For help with finding local NHS services visit http://www.cambsandpeterboroughchoosewell.co.uk/

CCG Communications Team
Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Clinical Commissioning Group

* capccg.communications@nhs.net

T: 01223 725317

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