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7:03am 27th December 2014

We are asked to stay away from A&E in Cornwall unless it is an absolute emergency.

This as Treliske copes with its busiest time of year and an outbreak of norovirus.

Anyone with symptoms is also asked to stay clear.

Emergency Consultant Andy Virr told Pirate FM: "It's important for patients to realise, especially over the four day bank holiday weekend that there are many other services open to them other than A&E and A&E must be kept for patients with life or limb threatening injuries.

"We see a big spike in the elderly coming in with chest infections, strokes, heart attacks and they tend to need to be hospitalised. And so that can put pressure on beds. Five wards are currently affected by norovirus which reduces our stock of beds."

Anyone can catch Norovirus, but the important thing is to avoid passing it on. There are simple things that people can do to reduce the spread of Norovirus and other infections, including flu:

o    Always make sure you clean your hands with soap and hot water when you enter and leave hospital, nursing home or other place where there are vulnerable people.

o    Don't visit anyone in hospital if you have symptoms of the Norovirus, including
o    Vomiting, diarrhoea, high temperature, aches and pains.

o    Most people with the bug will make a full recovery within two to three days and are advised to stay at home, take paracetamol to relieve fever and drink plenty of water to replace lost fluids. Make sure you have some rehydration salts in your medicine cabinet.

o    If you start to feel dehydrated, it is important to seek medical attention, particularly if you have a long term condition or you are elderly.

o    NHS 111 can give you round-the-clock help and advice, as well as your local pharmacist.

o    If you are affected, stay away from work and hospitals/GP surgeries until you've been symptom-free for two days (48 hours).

Other places you can get medical help over the holidays are:

    Self care: Keep a well stocked medicine cabinet for treatment of minor illnesses or ailments and get plenty of rest.
    
NHS 111: For absolutely any health questions, around the clock from a trained nurse and to find local NHS services. Call 111.
    
Pharmacist: For expert advice and treatment for a wide range of minor illnesses and ailments and the best medicines to treat them. To find your nearest pharmacy click here or text the word pharmacy to 64746 to receive free texts with the name, address and telephone number of three nearest chemists.
    
GPs: For expert medical advice, medical examinations and prescriptions for illnesses. Your GP can also refer you to a specialist for further treatment if necessary.
    
Walk-in Centre: For treatment of cuts, bruises, minor infections, stomach upsets, strains and skin complaints without an appointment - Cardrew Industrial Estate, Redruth, TR15 1SS. Open 8am to 8pm. Tel 01209 340997.
   
 West Cornwall Hospital Urgent Care Centre: Casualty service at West Cornwall Hospital is open 24-hours every day. The service can treat minor and moderate injuries such as burns and scalds, fractures to legs, arms, ankles and wrists and lacerations that require stitching. It can carry out X-rays 24-hours-a-day and initiate treatment for more serious injuries. Tel 01736 874113.
    
Minor Injury Unit: For treatment of a wide range of minor ailments and minor injuries from cuts and grazes to sprains and strains and broken bones without an appointment.

Outside the normal hours of your GP surgery, emergency clinic appointments are available at Bodmin, Camborne-Redruth, Falmouth, Helston, Truro, Launceston, Liskeard, Newquay, St. Austell, Stratton, and Penzance.  Please phone 111 for further assistance if you need advice or need to see a clinician via an appointment system or as a home visit for patients unable to attend a clinic in any of these areas.    

Accident and Emergency (A&E) or 999: For a critical or life-threatening situation.

It is important people get the right care, in the right place, at the right time.

To find out more about your local NHS Choices website, click here and use the 'Find and Choose Services' section.


More information can be found here

7:03am 27th December 2014

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