Patients urged to help reduce pressure on Emergency Departments this Easter

13 April 2017

The Royal College of Emergency Medicine would encourage all our patients to carefully consider where they go for medical attention this Easter weekend.

Despite the best efforts of staff our Emergency Departments continue to be under great pressure, and we are asking for the help of the public by only going to an Emergency Department if it is an emergency. 
Due to the current high level of demand, patients are likely to experience long delays as departments prioritise the most urgent cases. As such patients with minor illness will  be better served elsewhere.
For minor ailments please call NHS 111, visit a pharmacist or wait to speak to your GP. 
Most GP surgeries will be closed on Friday and Monday so we would also encourage patients with long term prescriptions to ensure they have enough medication to last them over the long weekend.
However, if you are feeling genuinely unwell and are worried, please do attend your emergency department. 

Over bank holiday weekends we usually also see an increase in attendances at Emergency Departments across the country from people who have injured themselves due to, or are suffering as a result of too much alcohol. 

The College would encourage everyone to enjoy themselves over the break but to drink alcohol responsibly and choose services most appropriate to their needs.