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A&E Warning at Treliske

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7:01am 3rd March 2012

A surge of emergencies at Cornwall's biggest hospital prompts a warning.

Health bosses say we should only to go to A&E at Treliske this weekend if we are seriously ill or have a life threatening injury.

They say the hospital is under increasing pressure.

Carol Williams, Director of Nursing at the Primary Care Trust, said:

"If people suffer a life-threatening injury or are very seriously ill then of course they should call 999 or go to A&E"

"But this weekend Treliske emergency department is going to be very busy indeed and I would just urge people to think whether it really is the best place for them"

Other options to consider if you become ill or have a minor injury this weekend are:

· Call Serco, the out of hours GP service, on 0845 2000 227 - they can help with an urgent need for care when you would normally see a GP.

· Go to a minor injury unit. Information about where minor injury units are is available from NHS Direct on 0845 4647 or www.nhs.uk they can deal with cuts and sprains and some can do x-rays.

· In west Cornwall the urgent care centre at West Cornwall Hospital in Penzance can deal with more serious injuries and is open 24-hours-a-day.

· You should also consider whether your local pharmacy can help.

· And there is a walk in centre at the Cardrew Industrial Estate, Redruth which is open from 8am to 8pm every day of the year without an appointment.

7:01am 3rd March 2012

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