A&E doesn’t stand for ‘anything and everything’
Examples of inappropriate uses of A&E:
- Coughs and colds - most people would be best just to stay at home or see their local pharmacist
- Old injuries or joint problems - are best seen by your GP, at least initially
- Queries about medication - these are best dealt with by your GP
- Toothache - you need to be seen by a dentist. Hospitals like Kettering General do not have trained dentists in A&E
- Trying to use A&E to get a 'second opinion' rather than using the GP service
Examples of appropriate use of A&E:
- Cuts which won't stop bleeding or may need stitches to heal properly
- Burns which are large, or deep, and need dressings
- Limb injuries which are painful or swollen and could be caused by a broken bone
- Serious medical problems such as chest pain, collapse, or heavy blood loss
You should use the NHS 111 service if you urgently need medical help or advice but it's not a life-threatening situation
We are keen to help patients improve onself help and hope that the following information will offer some insight into that.
Take a look and see if you can improve your own understanding of your health and well-being! Please encourage others to look here too.
Here is a list of ailments that can be safely self managed. You will see that you can take a look via the hyperlink at the other websites which can offer you further information about managing your condition.
Common ailments that can be self managed :