Is the Emergency Department the most appropriate place for your care?
Date: 15 July 2021
Like many other NHS Trusts in the Country, the Emergency Department at Medway Maritime Hospital is extremely busy. Due to social distancing requirements, it may at times be necessary for you to wait outside the main department waiting area as it is necessary for us to restrict the number of people in there at any one time. Some patients could have been treated more appropriately elsewhere. We would urge you to consider other more appropriate and quicker options before visiting the Emergency Department:
If you feel you need to see a doctor outside of normal hours (eg, evening, weekend or bank holiday), call 111. Trained call handlers will assess your symptoms and put you directly in touch with the people who can help; for example, an out-of-hours doctor, a district nurse or an emergency dentist - or it may be something as simple as a 24 hour pharmacy.
You should use the NHS 111 service if you:
- Need medical help, but it's not a 999 emergency
- Don't know who to call for medical help or you don't have a GP to call
- Require health information or reassurance about what to do next
Calls to 111 are free from landlines and mobile phones and the service is available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
Speak to a Pharmacist
Your local pharmacy is a good place to start if you have a minor ailment such as a headache, cough or sore throat. Pharmacists are medically trained and can give you expert advice on medicines and how they work, as well as help you decide whether you need to see a doctor. You don't need an appointment or even to make a purchase and you can talk to them in a private consultation area and in confidence. Common complaints which can be treated at home with advice from the pharmacist include: Skin conditions such as mild acne and mild eczema; coughs and colds including nasal congestion and sore throat; aches and pains, such as headaches, earaches and backaches and diarrhea. Find your local pharmacy >
Of course your GP will provide a range of services including medical advice, examinations, prescriptions and care for long term conditions, chronic pain and persistent symptoms. For out of hours help call 111.
Details of all local healthcare services can be found at: www.kentandmedwayccg.nhs.uk/your-health/local-services
Like many other NHS Trusts in the Country, the Emergency Department at Medway Maritime Hospital is experiencing extremely high numbers of attendances. We would urge you to consider other more appropriate and quicker options before visiting the Emergency Department