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WATCH: World Cup causes spike in demand at A&E

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Published by Sarah Yeoman at 6:02am 12th July 2018. (Updated at 10:15am 12th July 2018)

People in Cornwall are being urged to only turn up at A&E at Treliske if it is an absolute emergency.

Bosses at Cornwall's biggest hospital there has been a spike in demand during the World Cup.

Members of the public have been arriving at the emergency department with things like sore throats, coughs, dizziness, rashes, lumps and bumps and frequent urination.

Now we are being urged to choose the right service.

You can check the latest waiting times here or scroll down to check where else you can go for treatment.



Toby Slade is the Clinical Director, he said: "The emergency department is primarily for emergency care cases, so that is life of limb threatening injuries.

"We would ask you to make the best use you can of NHS 111 and out-of-hours services, as well as our local minor injuries network.

"Pharmacists can be used for helping you if you have run out of prescriptions.

"But we would ask you to really think about where you need to go for urgent care, so we can maintain resources here at the emergency department for patients in urgent need of immediate care."



So where should you go instead?

Minor injury units


If you are not sure whether your injury is minor and can be treated in a minor injury unit, contact your local unit using the details below, or call NHS 111. Check the links below for current opening times at each unit. 

Bodmin Community Hospital (01208 251577) 
Camborne Redruth Community Hospital (01209 318010) 
Falmouth Community Hospital (01326 430030)
Helston Community Hospital (01326 430205)
Launceston Community Hospital (01566 761030)
Liskeard Community Hospital (01579 373510)
Newquay Community Hospital (01637 834820)
St Austell Community Hospital (01726 873010) 
St Barnabas Community Hospital (01752 679000) 
St Mary's Community Hospital (01720 422392)
Stratton Community Hospital (01288 320101)
Stennack Surgery, St Ives (01736 793333) 

You can find more advice here.



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