'Don't go to A&E with coughs and colds over Easter'

The Bolton News: The accident and emergency department at the Royal Bolton Hospital The accident and emergency department at the Royal Bolton Hospital

PATIENTS are being warned not to attend A&E for coughs and colds over Easter.

Health bosses in Bolton are expecting a spike in A&E attendances when GP surgeries shut today until Tuesday — a common trend during bank holidays.

Last year 982 people attended A&E over the Easter weekend — Good Friday until Easter Monday — compared with 913 during a “normal” weekend in the same month.

More than half of the visits were due to minor illnesses or injuries doctors say could have been treated by a pharmacist or waited until GP surgeries reopened. The NHS Bolton Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) will not be running a pilot scheme similar to the one tested on Boxing Day when 31 practices opened to ease the pressure on A&E.

Dr Barry Silvert, clinical director for integrated commissioning at the CCG, said: “We are committed to ensuring patients are seen by the right person, at the right place and time. This is essential if we are to improve patient safety and the quality of care.

“If you, or a member of your family, are unwell over the Easter weekend your first port of call is your local pharmacy for advice and over the counter medicines.

“If you feel you need to be seen urgently, the GP out of hours service is available. There is no need for anyone to go to A&E unless their condition is serious or life threatening.”

The £36,000 Boxing Day scheme — described as “bonkers” by Bolton GP Dr Stephen Liversege — was critcised for not offering value for money.

Overall 89 patients were seen and 19 home visits were made — at a cost of £334 per patient.

The majority of patients who attended a GP surgery had colds, coughs and sore throats.

Thirteen out of more than 70 pharmacies in Bolton will open on Good Friday and Easter Monday and two will open on Easter Sunday.

Saturday, April 19 is classed as a working day so pharmacies will open at their normal times.

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12:39pm Fri 18 Apr 14

davidjb says...

that's just embarassing, i don't get why people go to doctors anyway for flu as it's a virus, antibiotics don't help. you can only try to get rid of the symptoms while your body fights it off. just go get some beechams all-in-one and get some rest rather than spread it around in a doctors and a&e waiting room
that's just embarassing, i don't get why people go to doctors anyway for flu as it's a virus, antibiotics don't help. you can only try to get rid of the symptoms while your body fights it off. just go get some beechams all-in-one and get some rest rather than spread it around in a doctors and a&e waiting room davidjb
  • Score: 8

4:23pm Fri 18 Apr 14

dressit says...

Are people so soft nowadays, if you have a cough, cold, sore throat treat it yourself with pain killers warm drinks and fresh air, why on earth would you go and sit in A&E for upto 4 hrs because you have a runny nose.........please start using your common sense, and save A&E for folk with proper emergency's.
Are people so soft nowadays, if you have a cough, cold, sore throat treat it yourself with pain killers warm drinks and fresh air, why on earth would you go and sit in A&E for upto 4 hrs because you have a runny nose.........please start using your common sense, and save A&E for folk with proper emergency's. dressit
  • Score: 8

5:22pm Fri 18 Apr 14

Gore Seer says...

My First Wife Liz Had A Sore Throat, The Doc Said Nothing To Bother With It Will Go Away, She Died Of Throat Cancer Within Twelve Months.
My First Wife Liz Had A Sore Throat, The Doc Said Nothing To Bother With It Will Go Away, She Died Of Throat Cancer Within Twelve Months. Gore Seer
  • Score: -1

5:31pm Fri 18 Apr 14

davidjb says...

Gore Seer wrote:
My First Wife Liz Had A Sore Throat, The Doc Said Nothing To Bother With It Will Go Away, She Died Of Throat Cancer Within Twelve Months.
the advice is if you have a sore throat lasting 3 weeks+ go to your gp.
[quote][p][bold]Gore Seer[/bold] wrote: My First Wife Liz Had A Sore Throat, The Doc Said Nothing To Bother With It Will Go Away, She Died Of Throat Cancer Within Twelve Months.[/p][/quote]the advice is if you have a sore throat lasting 3 weeks+ go to your gp. davidjb
  • Score: 1

9:42am Sat 19 Apr 14

steveG says...

Staff holidays on bank holidays and weekends are a blight on the nhs and employees need to realise they are employed by a public service and weekends and bank holidays are the same as any other day.
Staff holidays on bank holidays and weekends are a blight on the nhs and employees need to realise they are employed by a public service and weekends and bank holidays are the same as any other day. steveG
  • Score: 2

10:50am Sat 19 Apr 14

Gore Seer says...

davidjb wrote:
Gore Seer wrote:
My First Wife Liz Had A Sore Throat, The Doc Said Nothing To Bother With It Will Go Away, She Died Of Throat Cancer Within Twelve Months.
the advice is if you have a sore throat lasting 3 weeks+ go to your gp.
My Son Barry, At 6 Months Old,Got Poorly With A Bad Chest, Immediately Went Docs, Nothing To Worry About Doc Said, Seemed To Me It Was Getting Worse Baby To Poorly To Take To Doc, He Told My Wife She Is Not Fit To Look After Kid, I Took Barry Hospital He Was Put Into Intensive Care In A Incubator Given Oxygen For Seven Days, Roasted Me For Not Bringing Son To Hospital Earlier, Damp Fungus In House, Doctor Give Me A Special Form For Re Housing Through Ill Heath To Child, I Took It To Bolton Housing Threw Me Out Of Town Hall, Doctor Had No Right To Fill This Special Form Out, Houses Condemned Three Years Latter.
[quote][p][bold]davidjb[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Gore Seer[/bold] wrote: My First Wife Liz Had A Sore Throat, The Doc Said Nothing To Bother With It Will Go Away, She Died Of Throat Cancer Within Twelve Months.[/p][/quote]the advice is if you have a sore throat lasting 3 weeks+ go to your gp.[/p][/quote]My Son Barry, At 6 Months Old,Got Poorly With A Bad Chest, Immediately Went Docs, Nothing To Worry About Doc Said, Seemed To Me It Was Getting Worse Baby To Poorly To Take To Doc, He Told My Wife She Is Not Fit To Look After Kid, I Took Barry Hospital He Was Put Into Intensive Care In A Incubator Given Oxygen For Seven Days, Roasted Me For Not Bringing Son To Hospital Earlier, Damp Fungus In House, Doctor Give Me A Special Form For Re Housing Through Ill Heath To Child, I Took It To Bolton Housing Threw Me Out Of Town Hall, Doctor Had No Right To Fill This Special Form Out, Houses Condemned Three Years Latter. Gore Seer
  • Score: -2

12:44pm Sat 19 Apr 14

thomas222 says...

If treatment is not to be needed at the reception & can easily be helped by going to the Chemist they should be turned away from reception & directed to the Chemists.
If treatment is not to be needed at the reception & can easily be helped by going to the Chemist they should be turned away from reception & directed to the Chemists. thomas222
  • Score: 1

3:22pm Sat 19 Apr 14

oftbewildered2 says...

thomas222 wrote:
If treatment is not to be needed at the reception & can easily be helped by going to the Chemist they should be turned away from reception & directed to the Chemists.
I agree with this sentiment (although receptionists are not qualified to make this type of decision); triage should be carried out before you get through the door. Ayes to the left - noes to the right, so to speak.
[quote][p][bold]thomas222[/bold] wrote: If treatment is not to be needed at the reception & can easily be helped by going to the Chemist they should be turned away from reception & directed to the Chemists.[/p][/quote]I agree with this sentiment (although receptionists are not qualified to make this type of decision); triage should be carried out before you get through the door. Ayes to the left - noes to the right, so to speak. oftbewildered2
  • Score: 0

3:28pm Sat 19 Apr 14

thomas222 says...

oftbewildered2 wrote:
thomas222 wrote:
If treatment is not to be needed at the reception & can easily be helped by going to the Chemist they should be turned away from reception & directed to the Chemists.
I agree with this sentiment (although receptionists are not qualified to make this type of decision); triage should be carried out before you get through the door. Ayes to the left - noes to the right, so to speak.
When i say reception i meant reception with a health professional who is trained to make that call. They need to say not here go to the Chemist.
[quote][p][bold]oftbewildered2[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]thomas222[/bold] wrote: If treatment is not to be needed at the reception & can easily be helped by going to the Chemist they should be turned away from reception & directed to the Chemists.[/p][/quote]I agree with this sentiment (although receptionists are not qualified to make this type of decision); triage should be carried out before you get through the door. Ayes to the left - noes to the right, so to speak.[/p][/quote]When i say reception i meant reception with a health professional who is trained to make that call. They need to say not here go to the Chemist. thomas222
  • Score: 1

4:44pm Mon 21 Apr 14

Gore Seer says...

The Cheap Nasty Medicine Is Available Over Counter, But Proper Medication Is Not Available Over Counter, I Have Purchased Cheap Med ,The Had To Go Docs For The Prop Med, After Suffering To Long, I Went To Doctor For Fundle Prob For Three Years, Doctor Said He Wont Treat It Just Wash The Area Every Day, I Went Chemist Got Some Ointment It Controls It, I Ask Chemist For Better Med, Yes There Is Better Med But Only On Prescription.
The Cheap Nasty Medicine Is Available Over Counter, But Proper Medication Is Not Available Over Counter, I Have Purchased Cheap Med ,The Had To Go Docs For The Prop Med, After Suffering To Long, I Went To Doctor For Fundle Prob For Three Years, Doctor Said He Wont Treat It Just Wash The Area Every Day, I Went Chemist Got Some Ointment It Controls It, I Ask Chemist For Better Med, Yes There Is Better Med But Only On Prescription. Gore Seer
  • Score: 0

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