Health chiefs ask parents to choose the right NHS services for sick or injured children

December 20 2015

PARENTS in South Gloucestershire have been urged to choose the most appropriate care for their ill or injured children this winter instead of automatically taking them to hospital.

PARENTS in South Gloucestershire have been urged to choose the most appropriate care for their ill or injured children this winter instead of automatically taking them to hospital.
Young children are among the most likely to attend A&E for non-emergency injuries or illnesses when in many cases they could receive the necessary care from other local NHS services.
Dr Ann Sephton, deputy clinical chairwoman at NHS South Gloucestershire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), said: "Winter is traditionally a busy time for the NHS and especially A&E, which often sees an increase in non-emergency attendances.
“If it is a genuinely life-threatening situation, parents should not hesitate and should call 999 or go straight to A&E.
“But for minor injuries or illnesses it usually quicker, and easier, to seek treatment and advice locally from one of the many NHS services.
“These include pharmacists, GP and out-of-hours GP services, the free NHS 111 number and minor injuries units at Yate West Gate Centre and Southmead Hospital."
The 111 number can be called around the clock for help and advice. There is also the CCG website www.southgloucestershireccg.nhs.uk/choosewell and a free smartphone service finder app available to download to help locate the nearest relevant NHS South Gloucestershire service.