NHS Mid Essex CCG is today launching the “Twelve Days of Christmas Care” to help local people access health services during the festive season.
Starting today, and every day in the lead-up to December 25th, the CCG will be offering information and updates via social media and its website about the range of health and care available over Christmas and New Year.
The mini guides aim to provide people in mid Essex with helpful information about the wide range of NHS help and services including:
- late-night and bank holiday pharmacy services
- how to access out-of-hours GP appointments over the Christmas and New Year period and using online systems to book appointments.
- what NHS 111 can help with and how the service works
- how to access mental health care in the holidays
- how the ambulance service works to help in emergencies.
The Twelve Days of Christmas Care guidance can also help to signpost people to the right service for their needs and ease pressure on our hospital and A&E services during a historically busy time of the year.
In 2015, an average of 220 patients went through Broomfield Hospital A&E every 24 hours, but over the past year; this number has risen significantly, to a current average of 270 patients per day. On one day in April, an unprecedented 314 people came to A&E – and by September, daily figures sometimes exceeded that. On 26 September 2016, for example, there were 334 patients in A&E.
These higher numbers are largely made up of people who could get the right care from a GP, pharmacist or even through self-care.
Andy Watson, Emergency Care Services Manager at Mid Essex Hospital Trust, said: “We want the public to help us ease this pressure and really think first about what care they need. Please help us keep A&E for those who need it.”
Pictured above are Mid Essex Hospital Services NHS Trust Emergency Care Services Manager Andy Watson and Deputy Associate Chief Nurse for emergency care Angela Wade, outside Broomfield Hospital A&E