'Choose well' this Winter
During the winter months the Emergency Department at Queen Alexandra Hospital sees a sharp rise in the number of patients requiring treatment – but there are other, more appropriate places that people can utilise:
Look on the NHS Choices website for advice on symptoms and use the NHS 111 service if you urgently need medical help or advice but it’s not a life-threatening situation.
For minor injury or ongoing illness, your GP will be able to help – many surgeries now operate same day appointment services for urgent problems.
Your pharmacist will be very good at giving you advice for all sorts of minor illnesses including coughs and colds, and you’re encouraged to stock up on prescriptions before the holiday period to ensure you have enough to last – find a full list of pharmacy opening times in the local area, including Christmas and New Year, on the Fareham and Gosport CCG website, South Eastern Hampshire CCG website or Portsmouth CCG website.
For simple breaks and sprains, please visit one of the following minor injuries units:
St Mary's NHS Treatment Centre, Milton Road, Portsmouth.
Opening hours: Mon-Fri: 07.30am-10:00pm. Weekends and bank holidays: 08:00am-10:00pm.
Telephone: 03332 001822.
You can also be treated for minor illnesses at St Mary’s.
Minor Injuries Unit at Gosport War Memorial Hospital, Bury Road, Gosport.
Opening hours: 8am until 9pm, every day.
Telephone: 023 9279 4753 or 023 9279 4754
Petersfield Hospital Minor Injuries Unit, Petersfield Hospital, Swan Street, Petersfield.
Opening hours: 8am until 6pm, every day.
Telephone: 017 3026 3221
Stay well - Keeping warm over the winter months can help prevent colds, flu or more serious health conditions such as heart attacks, strokes, pneumonia and depression. Hampshire County Council's Hitting the Cold Spot Team can provide advice and support on keeping your home warm and access to funding or grants for heating. Call 0800 804 8601 (023 8033 6172 for landline rates) or visit their website
Call 999 for medical emergencies such as chest pain, severe breathing difficulty, severe blood loss, choking or blacking out. Please don’t just dial 999 if it’s not a serious or life threatening emergency. Find the right service to treat you – it may be quicker, and even closer to your home.
Sophie Gough, Consultant in Emergency Medicine, said: “The Emergency Department at Queen Alexandra Hospital is here to provide emergency care for patients with issues such as breathing difficulties, loss of consciousness, severe chest pain, serious accidents and severe bleeding.
“We want to ensure that the right people are in the right place, so please think twice before you come here – it may be that your GP or minor injury unit would be a better place for you to be seen quicker and more appropriately.”
If you’re unsure about your options, please Choose Well by using our Urgent Care Guide
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