Patients urged to attend Macclesfield A&E only if absolutely necessary


People are being urged to only go to the Accident and Emergency department at Macclesfield Hospital if absolutely necessary.

The hospital's A&E services have become very busy in recent days, partly due to a high volume of seasonal illnesses currently in circulation. As a result, East Cheshire NHS Trust is reminding people that A&E should only be used for major, life-threatening illnesses and injuries.

Generally, you should visit A&E or call 999 for emergencies, such as:
• Loss of consciousness
• Acute confused state and fits that are not stopping
• Persistent, severe chest pain
• Breathing difficulties
• Severe bleeding that cannot be stopped

For illnesses that are less urgent, people should first contact their local pharmacies, GP surgery or NHS 111. NHS 111 is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week and can advise you on the best local service for the care you need.

East Cheshire NHS Trust's GP Out-of-Hours Service can also be used for assessment, advice and treatment as required for urgent healthcare problems that cannot safely wait until your GP surgery is open. The GP Out-of-Hours Service can be contacted by telephone via NHS 111.

Local pharmacies can also offer help, advice and treatment for lots of common conditions. A list of local pharmacies across Eastern Cheshire and their opening hours can be found here on East Cheshire Clinical Commissioning Group's website.

Trust Chief Executive John Wilbraham said: "We are currently seeing a very high volume of patients attending our A&E department and this is creating significant challenges for our services.

"That is why it is vital that the only people coming in to A&E are those who really need to. We are asking people to save A&E for emergencies and instead consider options such as local pharmacies, GP surgeries and NHS 111 for less urgent health issues."

Macclesfield Hospital


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Oliver Romain
Friday 8th December 2017 at 11:07 am
Every year the press release published without challenge. This is shameful. It is utterly irresponsible to publish a narrow list of issues that allow you to use A&E. What about broken bones, bleeding in pregnancy, stroke, suspected meningitis? Stop allowing the NHS communications managers to make people feel guilty over visiting A&E when they may need emergency treatment.
Jon Armstrong
Friday 8th December 2017 at 6:42 pm
Totally agree, Oliver. If you take that advice at its word if you broke your leg they want you to go and see a pharmacist, which is so ridiculous no one could be blamed for ignoring everything they say.
Bob Bracegirdle
Wednesday 13th December 2017 at 5:47 pm
I do know that they also get people wandering in with the common cold, cut finger that could be corrected with a plaster, bruises etc where it is totally unnecessary to go to A&E.