A&E - Not the Place for Toothache!
Senior doctors and nurses across Manchester are concerned that
cold and wintery conditions expected over the next few months could
bring real health problems for local people living with illnesses
such as heart disease, lung disease, cancer, asthma and other
underlying health problems. Their biggest concern is that
city's GP surgeries and Accident and Emergency (A&E)
departments could be inundated with people suffering from common
illnesses like coughs and colds that usually clear up by themselves
in a few days and don't need to be treated by a doctor.
Jonathan Smith, Matron for Emergency Services in Central
Manchester said, "People should attend A&E with serious
illnesses and injuries. People who have fallen from a height,
people who are experiencing central chest pain. Patients should not
attend if they have
something that could be seen by another service, if someone has
a sore throat, they should see a pharmacist for advice. Toothache?
This is not the place for toothache."
"Most common aches, pains and winter illnesses will clear up by
themselves within a few days with a little rest and some
over-the-counter treatments. If you need advice your high-street
pharmacy is your expert and our Choose Well Manchester campaign
includes really clear self-care advice."
Dr Martin Whiting, Chief Clinical Officer (Designate) for North
Manchester said: "Every winter, we see more people with underlying
health problems who need to be admitted to hospital. It's vital
that our A&E departments are able to concentrate on the
patients who are really unwell and aren't distracted by people with
minor illnesses who should really look after themselves at
"Our local Choose Well campaign gives patients lots of clear
information on which conditions can safely be looked after at home,
which symptoms need to be seen by NHS services in your area and
what signs to look out for that mean it's time to call 999 and head
to A&E. The information is available in 64 languages and
includes downloadable leaflets as well as 17 short animations
covering everything from sprains and strains, to what you should
have in your medicine cabinet. "
The Choose Well Manchester website launches today at www.manchester.nhs.uk/choosewell
and you can find the animations on our YouTube channel: http://www.youtube.com/user/ChooseWellManchester
- As a result of the current NHS reforms, NHS Manchester, the
local Primary Care Trust, will cease to exist at the end of March
2013. To replace it, 3 GP-led Clinical Commissioning Groups (North
Manchester Clinical Commissioning Group, Central Manchester
Clinical Commissioning Group and South Manchester Clinical
Commissioning Group) have been established and will be responsible
for commissioning the majority of health services in the city,
including hospital, community and mental health services
- Other resources for this Choose Well will include DVDs and
booklets for Health Visitors to give to new parents and business
cards to direct patients to the new website.
- The Choose Well site will be linked from the main NHS
Manchester website www.manchester.nhs.uk/
- Central Manchester University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
are taking part in a national 'tweet-a-thon' as part of the Winter
Choose Well Campaign. A member of the Communications team will
tweet live from the MRI Emergency Department on the 13th of
December from 9.00am-1.00pm. Follow the tweet-a-thon live at
@CMFTNHS on the day.