Health chiefs from Birmingham CrossCity Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) are urging residents to avoid A&E this bank holiday weekend unless it’s a life threatening emergency.
Dr Gavin Ralston, Chair of Birmingham CrossCity CCG said: “The summer bank holiday is happily nearly here and the last thing anyone wants to do is spend it in A&E. People sometimes think that A&E is the quickest place to get treatment, however there are lots of other services available that can advise on and treat non-life threatening illnesses and injuries more quickly. These include GP out-of-hours services, urgent care and walk-in centres, NHS 111 and pharmacies.
“There are also steps people can take to keep themselves and their family well such as stocking up the medicine cabinet with basics like painkillers, cold and flu remedies, plasters and bandages.”
By choosing the right service to treat illness or injury, people will receive the quickest and most appropriate treatment so they can continue to enjoy the bank holiday.
If you are unsure about which health service to use, visit the Choose Well website which contains lots of useful information about the different services available: www.choosewellmidlands.nhs.uk
Urgent care and walk-in centres across Birmingham:
- Birmingham NHS Walk-in Centre, Lower Ground Floor, Boots, 66 High Street Birmingham, B4 7TA
- Washwood Heath Urgent Care Centre, Clodeshall Road, Saltley, Birmingham, B8 3SN
- The Hill General Practice and Urgent Care Centre, Sparkhill Primary Care Centre, 856 Stratford Road, Sparkhill, Birmingham, B11 4BW
- Summerfield Urgent Care Centre, 134 Heath Street, Winson Green, Birmingham, West Midlands, B18 7AL
- Erdington Health and Wellbeing Walk-in GP Centre, 196 High Street, 1st Floor, Erdington, Birmingham, B23 6SJ
- South Birmingham GP Walk-in Centre, 15 Katie Road, Selly Oak, Birmingham, B29 6JG
- Warren Farm Urgent Care Centre, Warren Farm Health Centre, Warren Farm Road, Kingstanding, Birmingham, B44 0PU