"Avoid NHS if you can" Southend NHS leaders tell people to avoid A&E this weekend

Southend Standard: "Avoid NHS if you can" "Avoid NHS if you can"

SOUTHEND’S NHS leaders are reminding people of services available this bank holiday weekend.

Rather than ring the emergency services, or going to A&E, people are advised to use other health services such as NHS 111, their local pharmacist, GP, or walk-in centre.

Pharmacists can provide free expert health advice, with no appointment necessary, on everyday illnesses and answer questions about prescribed medicines.

Dr Paul Husselbee, clinical chief officer of Southend Clinical Commissioning Group, said: “It has been well publicised in recent weeks that emergency health services in Southend have been treating a very high volume of patients.

“Demand for emergency services is likely to remain high over the bank holiday weekend, which could lead to long waits.”

NHS 111 is available for help and advice 24-hours a day, seven days a week including bank holidays.

Simply call 111 from a landline.

Pharmacies across Southend and Rochford will be open on Monday, including those at selected Boots stores, as well as Tesco, Sainsburys and Asda supermarkets.

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6:31pm Sun 25 May 14

Keptquiettillnow says...

If he doesn't want people at A&E it would be better that Dr Paul Husselbee told GP's and the Surgeries to open at times that the most of the public can access them.
Talk about patronizing!
If he doesn't want people at A&E it would be better that Dr Paul Husselbee told GP's and the Surgeries to open at times that the most of the public can access them. Talk about patronizing! Keptquiettillnow
  • Score: 25

7:52pm Sun 25 May 14

CHRISTMAS CAROL says...

They mean avoid being ill becaused we are closed for people that are ill because it is a bank holiday. I realise people want bank holidays off but when you are working for a company where peoples lives are at stake then the duties shoul be on a rota with more staff on duty. Police, firefighters, ambulance drivers and nurses and consultants should be available. 24/7.
no discussion
They mean avoid being ill becaused we are closed for people that are ill because it is a bank holiday. I realise people want bank holidays off but when you are working for a company where peoples lives are at stake then the duties shoul be on a rota with more staff on duty. Police, firefighters, ambulance drivers and nurses and consultants should be available. 24/7. no discussion CHRISTMAS CAROL
  • Score: 20

8:02pm Sun 25 May 14

John Right says...

Best to avoid it for the next few days, as Kim Gandy was seen in there, having that chip on her elephants head removed..
Best to avoid it for the next few days, as Kim Gandy was seen in there, having that chip on her elephants head removed.. John Right
  • Score: -7

8:22pm Sun 25 May 14

fletch12107 says...

I stopped posting on this site a while back as I was fed up with the same people turning on those who put good comments on here into a personal attack. These morons cannot spell and think that they are clever by hiding behind a user name. There are just three comments on here and there's a personal attack, bad spelling and one who thinks that the emergency services are a company. I am off this site again as its not worth the effort.
I stopped posting on this site a while back as I was fed up with the same people turning on those who put good comments on here into a personal attack. These morons cannot spell and think that they are clever by hiding behind a user name. There are just three comments on here and there's a personal attack, bad spelling and one who thinks that the emergency services are a company. I am off this site again as its not worth the effort. fletch12107
  • Score: 3

8:24pm Sun 25 May 14

Nebs says...

CHRISTMAS CAROL wrote:
They mean avoid being ill becaused we are closed for people that are ill because it is a bank holiday. I realise people want bank holidays off but when you are working for a company where peoples lives are at stake then the duties shoul be on a rota with more staff on duty. Police, firefighters, ambulance drivers and nurses and consultants should be available. 24/7.
no discussion
The same could be said for ALL government departments. They should be open evenings and weekends to provide a service for those who work regular hours during the week.
[quote][p][bold]CHRISTMAS CAROL[/bold] wrote: They mean avoid being ill becaused we are closed for people that are ill because it is a bank holiday. I realise people want bank holidays off but when you are working for a company where peoples lives are at stake then the duties shoul be on a rota with more staff on duty. Police, firefighters, ambulance drivers and nurses and consultants should be available. 24/7. no discussion[/p][/quote]The same could be said for ALL government departments. They should be open evenings and weekends to provide a service for those who work regular hours during the week. Nebs
  • Score: 6

7:53am Mon 26 May 14

norfolkbroad says...

fletch12107 wrote:
I stopped posting on this site a while back as I was fed up with the same people turning on those who put good comments on here into a personal attack. These morons cannot spell and think that they are clever by hiding behind a user name. There are just three comments on here and there's a personal attack, bad spelling and one who thinks that the emergency services are a company. I am off this site again as its not worth the effort.
I completely agree. Whenever someone want to have a reasoned debate the trolls jump out of the shadows. The comments section on here is now so low-level it isn't worth even trying to say anything positive. Just because you disagree with someone doesn't give you the right to insult them and by doing so you just show yourself up as being too ignorant and stupid to give a reasoned reply to their argument. I'm off again too. I just wish Echo Newspapers would intervene and clean it up so decent people could debate decently!
[quote][p][bold]fletch12107[/bold] wrote: I stopped posting on this site a while back as I was fed up with the same people turning on those who put good comments on here into a personal attack. These morons cannot spell and think that they are clever by hiding behind a user name. There are just three comments on here and there's a personal attack, bad spelling and one who thinks that the emergency services are a company. I am off this site again as its not worth the effort.[/p][/quote]I completely agree. Whenever someone want to have a reasoned debate the trolls jump out of the shadows. The comments section on here is now so low-level it isn't worth even trying to say anything positive. Just because you disagree with someone doesn't give you the right to insult them and by doing so you just show yourself up as being too ignorant and stupid to give a reasoned reply to their argument. I'm off again too. I just wish Echo Newspapers would intervene and clean it up so decent people could debate decently! norfolkbroad
  • Score: 5

11:23am Mon 26 May 14

CHRISTMAS CAROL says...

I will say exactly what I want on this site it is an open forum and please may I suggest very politely that fletch12107 and norfolkbroad BOG OFF
I will say exactly what I want on this site it is an open forum and please may I suggest very politely that fletch12107 and norfolkbroad BOG OFF CHRISTMAS CAROL
  • Score: -1

4:22pm Mon 26 May 14

runwellian says...

You can bet your bottom dollar that GP, Dr Husslebee and all the GP's that sit on the CCG will not be working over the bank holiday ... and who cares for their patients whilst they spend hours / days sitting in meetings looking after 'number one'?

The NHS belongs to the public (so we are told) so it is up to the public where they choose to go for help!
You can bet your bottom dollar that GP, Dr Husslebee and all the GP's that sit on the CCG will not be working over the bank holiday ... and who cares for their patients whilst they spend hours / days sitting in meetings looking after 'number one'? The NHS belongs to the public (so we are told) so it is up to the public where they choose to go for help! runwellian
  • Score: 0

4:23pm Mon 26 May 14

runwellian says...

Keptquiettillnow wrote:
If he doesn't want people at A&E it would be better that Dr Paul Husselbee told GP's and the Surgeries to open at times that the most of the public can access them.
Talk about patronizing!
Got to free up A&E to accommodate all the drunks!
[quote][p][bold]Keptquiettillnow[/bold] wrote: If he doesn't want people at A&E it would be better that Dr Paul Husselbee told GP's and the Surgeries to open at times that the most of the public can access them. Talk about patronizing![/p][/quote]Got to free up A&E to accommodate all the drunks! runwellian
  • Score: 1

4:53pm Mon 26 May 14

jolllyboy says...

The prob I have with our hospital is that when a GP says go to hospital, you get there they send you home. Now who is right - GP or hospital ?
The prob I have with our hospital is that when a GP says go to hospital, you get there they send you home. Now who is right - GP or hospital ? jolllyboy
  • Score: 2

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