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Keep A&E for serious cases, patients urged

Patients in Sheffield are being urged not to make unnecessary trips to A&E over the upcoming Bank Holiday weekend.

All GP practices in the city will be closed on Monday - instead, people needing medical attention are encouraged to call the NHS 111 helpline for help and advice.

The walk-in centre on Broad Lane is open from 8am to 10pm daily, while the minor injuries unit at the Royal Hallamshire Hospital sees patients from 8am to 8pm.

Dr Zak McMurray, clinical director at the NHS Sheffield Clinical Commissioning Group, said: “We hope everyone enjoys the long weekend but please, if you do need health care, keep A&E for serious illnesses and injuries and 999 for life-threatening emergencies only.”

Dr McMurray added: “There are many alternatives available for less serious conditions and injuries and we urge people to use them. And if it can wait, then GP practices will be open again as normal on the Tuesday.”

He said the city’s two A&E units - the adult ward at the Northern General Hospital and the facility for under 16’s at Sheffield Children’s Hospital - are only appropriate for ‘very urgent medical attention’.

 

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