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04 April 2014 at 11:37

Examine your options before using Accident and Emergency departments is the message from busy doctors and nurses.

“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 every day.

Skelmersdale NHS Walk-in Centre at The Concourse is open from 7am to 10pm weekdays and 9am to 5pm on weekends and public holidays. The last booking to see a nurse is an hour before closing. The last booking to see a nurse is an hour before closing. 

Emergency contraception is available at community pharmacists, walk-in centres and A&E. HIV post-exposure prophylaxis (PEP) is also available from A&E. There is more information on our sexual health website. Safe Place in Liverpool will help with sexual assault referrals.

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.


Issued by Tony Ellis, marketing and communications manager
Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust

Telephone 01704 704494
Email tonyellis@nhs.net


Notes for editors

1. Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust manages Southport and Formby District General Hospital and Ormskirk and District General Hospital. It is also responsible for many community healthcare services for adults in Southport, Formby and West Lancashire. The Trust provides healthcare to a population of 258,000 people and employs 3,500 staff.

2. Examine Your Options is a Merseyside and West Lancashire NHS campaign aimed at raising awareness of NHS services and self-care options that are available rather than visiting accident and emergency departments