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Cornwall Casualty Plea

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5:50pm 8th February 2012

A rise in the number of Cornish patients coming to casualty with stuff like sore throats sparks a warning.

Treliske bosses say enquiries about common conditions are up 10% in the last month.

Now locals are being urged to think twice and use services like minor injuries or NHS Direct instead.

Consultant Dr Andy Virr says, "Sometimes people feel either scared or worried or they're at the end of their tether trying to get things sorted out. We understand that and we're sympathetic to that. We really just want to make people understand the impact that has on our service and particularly on the impact on patients.

"It can lead to problems of overcrowding in the department and it means that care is taken away from patients who really need our attention for emergencies.

"We are an emergency department and we are what it says on the tin".

5:50pm 8th February 2012

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