Brighton and Hove patients given reminder of bank holiday alternative to A&E

Posted On 23 Aug 2016 at 10:17 am

Patients in Brighton and Hove are being asked to remember alternatives to accident and emergency (A&E) over the bank holiday weekend.

Care UK said that the NHS walk-in centre would be open and able to treat a wide range of minor injuries and illnesses.

Marjorie Gillespie, Care UK’s director of primary care, said that if patients use the Brighton Station Health Centre, in Queen’s Road, Brighton, for appropriate advice and treatment, it will relieve pressure on the A&E at the Royal Sussex County Hospital.

Dr Gillespie said: “Our centre can help with a wide number of minor injuries and illnesses such as minor throat and chest infections, stomach complaints, urine infections, ear infections, skin complaints including rashes and insect bites and stings, minor wounds, bruising and swelling, minor head injuries and sprains, strains and soft tissue injuries.

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“The wait at our walk-in centre is very likely to be considerably less than at A&E and you will be seen by fully qualified nurses and doctors.

“Bank holidays always put added pressure on local NHS services so it really helps everybody if patients choose the most appropriate course of treatment.”

Dr Gillespie also reminded patients who have repeat prescriptions to ensure they have sufficient medication to see them over the bank holiday weekend.

The Brighton Station Health Centre is open from 8am to 8pm, 365 days a year for walk-in patients.

Care UK said: “These extended hours have also made it a very popular choice with patients who have chosen it as their registered GP surgery.”

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