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The 12 Days of Christmas Care – keep A&E for those who really need it

On the last day of its 12 days of Christmas care campaign, today mid Essex CCG is reminding people to keep A&E for those who really need it over the holidays.

Twelve days of Christmas care

On the last day of its 12 days of Christmas care campaign, today mid Essex CCG is reminding people to keep A&E for those who really need it over the holidays.

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 this Christmas and New Year.”

Over the past 12 days, the CCG has been highlighting, via social media and its website, the range of health and care available over the festive period 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.

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