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Think before coming to A&E

20 Aug 2015 16:11:39
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Those needing medical assistance in Rotherham are urged to go to their pharmacy, call NHS 111, go to the
walk-in centre or see their GP before turning to Rotherham Hospital’s Accident and Emergency Department for help. 

There are currently long waiting times at A&E and data shows us that many of those coming to A&E could get quicker, effective treatment nearer to home.

If you feel unwell or have a minor injury, consider these options before coming to A&E:

  • Self care – look after yourself at home with a well-stocked medicine cabinet
  • Visit your local pharmacy (chemist) – for expert advice on common illnesses and the best medicines to treat them. To find your nearest pharmacy visit http://www.rotherhamccg.nhs.uk/pharmacy-first.htm  
  • Ring NHS 111 – 24 hour helpline health enquiry and advice. If you are not sure where to go for your ailment, ask NHS 111.
  • Make an appointment with your GP (doctor) - for illnesses that just won’t go away


An essential medicine cabinet should include:

- Pain relief such as paracetamol and aspirin (aspirin should not be given to children under 16 or to people with asthma)
- Children’s paracetamol oral suspension and ibuprofen syrups – free from pharmacy if you receive free prescriptions
- Mild laxatives to relieve constipation 
- Cold relief products
- Rehydration mixtures for diarrhoea or vomiting to use if feeling dehydrated after a bout of sickness or diarrhoea
- Indigestion remedy
- Travel sickness tablets for family trips
- A thermometer to check for fever
- A range of bandages, plasters, non-absorbent cotton wool, elastic bandages and dressings for minor cuts, sprains and bruises

With prescribed medicines and those bought over-the-counter, always follow the advice of the pharmacist, doctor or nurse. People should always read the instructions and never go over the suggested dose. 

Please support us by leaving A&E available for emergencies and for those needing urgent, life-saving care.