Southport A&E staff won’t kiss it better … it’s for real emergencies December 20th, 2013 admin Latest News Shares Comments A&E staff won’t kiss it better … it’s for real emergencies Examine your options before using Accident and Emergency departments is the message from busy doctors and nurses this Christmas and New Year. “A&E is for people facing life-threatening and serious emergencies such as serious accidents, serious burns, breathing problems, heart attacks and strokes,” said Liz Yates, Director of Nursing at Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust. “You don’t need an appointment at A&E but we’ll make an assessment on arrival and, depending on how urgent treatment is needed, you may have to wait up to four hours. The triage nurse or clinician may also signpost you to a different health care provider such as your GP, dentist or pharmacy. “That’s why you might be better examining your options and choosing another NHS service – or even treating yourself.” Coughs, colds, sore throats, upset stomachs, general aches and pains, and flu will usually clear up on their own. Keep warm, drink plenty of fluids and, if appropriate, treat with over-the-counter painkillers such as paracetamol. Contact a GP or the GP out of hours service for help with injuries or illnesses that won’t go away. Alternatively, West Lancashire Health Centre at Ormskirk hospital is open from 8am to 10pm all year round (Christmas Day 9am to 5pm). Skelmersdale NHS Walk-in Centre at The Concourse is open from 7am to 10pm weekdays and 9am to 5pm on weekends, Christmas Day, Boxing Day, New Year’s Day. Local pharmacies and NHS Choices are also a good source of information and advice. Click the links for information about pharmacy opening times in Southport and Formby and West Lancashire Trust clinics providing sexual health services will close on Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day. Telephone 01704 513303 or 0151 247 6025 for further information or visit www.isis.sefton.nhs.uk. Related Comments comments!