Sheffield patients urged to avoid A&E over Easter weekend

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Patients in Sheffield are being urged to avoid using A&E over the Easter weekend.

Health bosses have said the casualty unit should be used for ‘serious and life-threatening emergencies’ only.

GP practices will be closed over the long weekend but services include the 111 phone line, the NHS Walk-in Centre on Broad Lane and the Minor Injuries Unit at the Royal Hallamshire Hospital can be used.

Dr Zak McMurray, GP and Medical Director at NHS Sheffield CCG said: “We hope everyone enjoys the Easter weekend but please, if you do need health care, keep A&E for serious and life threatening emergencies only.

“There are many alternatives available for less serious conditions and injuries and we urge people to use them.

“If it can wait, then GP practices will be open again as normal on the Tuesday. It is also important that people make sure they have a well-stocked medicine cabinet to deal with minor illnesses and accidents.”

He added people should also ensure they have enough of their regular prescriptions.

A free smartphone app will help patients choose the right service. Users should search for ‘NHS Sheffield’ in their app store to access it.