Health trust urges people to only use A&E ‘if they really need to’
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Residents are being urged to only use A&E as a last resort while the annual winter pressure causes an increase in patients.
Barking, Havering and Redbridge University Hospitals NHS Trust, which runs King George Hospital in Goodmayes, and Queen’s Hospital in Romford, are asking anyone feeling unwell to seek help from their GP first if possible unless it’s an emergency.
Anyone who is unable to get an appointment with their doctor should call the trust’s GP hub on 020 3770 1888 between 2pm and 9pm during the week, and 9am and 6pm at the weekend.
Appointments are available up until 10pm on weeknights, and 8pm at the weekend.
Alternatively call the NHS freephone number 111 for advice on where to get medical care and they can also book you a GP hub appointment if needed.
Yesterday the trust announced it may have to reschedule some outpatient appointments and non-emergency surgery to cope with the increase in A&E patients.
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