Worthing Hospital A&E entrance

Save A&E for saving lives

Tuesday July 19, 2016

As the temperatures rose last weekend the number of people attending A&Es in West Sussex soared.

Staff in the emergency departments at Worthing Hospital and St Richard’s in Chichester experienced their busiest day of the year on Sunday 17 July.

Around 500 individuals called upon Western Sussex Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust in just 24 hours – an uplift of 32 per cent from the average daily demand for accident and emergency.

The intense pressure created in the health system by such a peak has led doctors to reiterate the necessity to save A&E for saving lives.

Dr George Findlay, Medical Director at Western Sussex Hospitals, said: “Our A&E departments are extremely busy – but not everyone who attends our units in Worthing and Chichester has come to the right place to receive the right care for them.

“If you’re not a real emergency you could get quicker treatment closer to home by calling 111 or visiting your local pharmacist.

“Across the country, one in four people who go to A&E could receive effective care and treatment from other NHS services.

“By choosing not to go to A&E when you could receive effective care by another service, our highly skilled A&E teams are able to focus on people suffering from strokes, heart attacks and other life-threatening injuries and illnesses.”

Doctors stress that anyone with very serious injuries or urgent conditions should not refrain from visiting emergency departments, however, it is important to remember A&E stands for accident and emergency, not anything and everything.

If anyone is uncertain of what to do, call NHS 111 for free health advice and assistance, or visit www.nhs.uk.

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