Think! Why A&E? That is the message from local doctors, as a new campaign to raise public awareness of the different NHS services available to local residents launches.
Developed in partnership with NHS Blackpool Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, it encourages people to choose the right NHS service for them and their families according to their symptoms.
The aim is to remind local people that A&E is not for common health problems associated with the colder weather but for critical or life-threatening emergencies.
Many people attend emergency service departments with minor ailments which could be better treated elsewhere. This can put extra demands on already pressured emergency departments, particularly during the winter period.
Visit WhyAandE.nhs.uk for more information