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Alternatives to Emergency Department

27 December 2017

The Trust is urging people to choose their treatment options wisely this winter.

Our Emergency Department is very busy and we ask that you are mindful when deciding if the Emergency Department is the best option for your treatment.

Emergency Departments are for life threatening emergencies, including heavy bleeding, chest pain, suspected stroke, severe burns, or for broken bones. If you're in a less severe situation but still need treatment fast, there are lots of other options available which can see you getting treatment faster.

NHS 111 phone line service - People are encouraged to call 111 when in need of advice. The NHS 111 service is staffed by a team of fully trained advisers, supported by experienced nurses and paramedics. The NHS 111 teams offer healthcare advice and will be able to suggest the best health service to suit a patient’s needs. The line is open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Calls are free from landlines and mobiles.

Pharmacy - Local pharmacists are clinically trained and able to help with headaches, coughs, colds, upset stomachs and much more.

Minor injuries units - For those experiencing sprains, strains or minor injuries. Details of minor injuries units in Dorset, along with opening times, are available here.

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