Doncaster hospitals ask people to use health services wisely this Easter break

Senior doctors and nurses at Doncaster and Bassetlaw Teaching Hospitals (DBTH) are urging local people to use health services wisely throughout Easter.

Thursday, 1st April 2021, 2:00 pm

From Friday 2 to Monday 5 April, many practices and pharmacies will be operating reduced opening times, with a select few remaining open.

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In the past few weeks, the Emergency Departments at Doncaster Royal Infirmary and Bassetlaw Hospital have seen an increasing number of patients. Health professionals at the Trust are asking that local people only attend if they need urgent care and treatment, and to seek alternatives if it is not an emergency.

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Health services over Easter

Dr Nick Mallaband, Divisional Director for Medicine and Consultant at the Trust, said: “We understand that many will be making plans and arrangements for the extended weekend. We’re asking local people to make their health part of these preparations – collecting their prescription medicines as needed, as well as understanding what services are available should they, or a family member, become ill or injured.

“Please remember to only use the Emergency Department when it’s just that – an emergency. However, if you do feel ill during Easter, you can still seek advice by calling NHS 111, booking an appointment at the Doncaster Same Day Health Centre and if it’s really urgent, calling 999.”

Here are some tips to help you choose health services wisely:

· Self-care – A lot of illnesses or symptoms can be treated in your home by using a well-stocked medicine cabinet.

· NHS 111 – This 24 hour, seven day service offers confidential health advice and information over the phone. To access the NHS 111 service text-phone, call 18001 111.

· Pharmacist – Your local pharmacist is a highly trained healthcare professional who can give you advice on common illnesses and the medicines you need to treat them.

· GP – Your own GP is the best person to speak to about persistent health problems and illnesses that won’t go away.

· Minor Injuries Unit at Montagu Hospital – The unit is staffed by experienced emergency nurse practitioners who can assess and treat a wide range of minor injuries and ailments.

· Emergency Department or 999 – Hospital emergency departments provide immediate emergency care for people who show the symptoms of serious illness or are badly injured.

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