Health bosses are asking people to choose the right services this winter as A&E and Primary Care services are seeing a high number of attendances.
Dr David White, GP and Emergency Care Lead for East Lancashire and Blackburn with Darwen Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCG’s), said: “In Pennine Lancashire, we work together as a whole health system to plan and deliver high quality, effective services, not just at the hospital but also in primary care and the community setting.
“As part of this work we actively try to educate people about the services that are available and how to access them. This means that people can be seen in the right place, at the right time, by the right health professional.
“We are currently seeing people turning up to A&E and primary care with more minor complaints such as coughs and colds. Often these could be dealt with by visiting the local pharmacist and staying at home, warm and drinking plenty of fluids. We are urging the population to consider using alternatives such as your local pharmacist, NHS 111 or online services, the emergency dental line for urgent dental problems, as well as the minor injuries units for minor trauma. These are all available across the Pennine Lancashire area and you will often be seen much quicker.”