A&E staff says “choose well” after busiest month ever
A record number of people attended the emergency departments at Western Sussex Hospitals in July.
More than 13,840 patients came into the A&E departments in Chichester and Worthing – 5% more than the previous record number of attendances in a month, which was in May 2019.
As a result, hospital doctors are encouraging people to choose well and seek advice from NHS 111, a local GP or by visiting www.nhs.uk unless the condition is serious or life-threatening.
Dr George Findlay, Chief Medical Officer at Western Sussex Hospitals, said: “In July, our A&E departments saw an unprecedented number of people attend – but not everyone who attends our units in Worthing and Chichester has come to the right place to receive the right care for them.
“Across the country, one in four people who go to A&E could receive effective care and treatment from other NHS services.
“If you’re not a real emergency, you could get quicker treatment closer to home by calling 111 or visiting your local pharmacist.
“That allows A&E teams to be able to focus on people suffering from strokes, heart attacks and other life-threatening injuries and illnesses.”
Western Sussex Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust had the ninth-best A&E performance in England last year, helping it to secure millions of pounds to spend on new equipment for patients.
Meeting the A&E waiting time targets and generating a £1.2 million financial surplus, earned the trust an additional £27 million of central funding for capital investment.