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Warm weather sparks rise in patients at emergency departments in Cornwall

By CMChloe  |  Posted: July 22, 2014


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The warm weather has seen a significant rise in the number of patients being admitted to emergency departments Cornish healthcare providers have said.

Activity at A&E is 10% over the predicted levels causing some non-urgent surgery and investigations to be postponed.

The hike in temperature is said to be a trigger for heart and respiratory conditions along with affects to other long-term health problems.

With the school holidays getting under way and an influx of holidaymakers set to travel into the county health care providers have launched a Choose Well campaign to help people to use emergency services wisely to help reduce the pressure on local facilities.

Specialty lead for the emergency department at the Royal Cornwall Hospital Trust, Dr Toby Slade, said the hospital is seeing a range of people with minor injuries which could have been treated by non-emergency services.

"Summer is one of the busiest times for our emergency departments and with a large holidaymaker population in the county our service can frequently be the one people turn to first when they are unfamiliar with the other options available. Minor ailments and injuries can often be treated more quickly elsewhere. Using the right service means our team can concentrate their time and skills on those who are most seriously ill.

“Equally importantly, those with existing medical conditions whose symptoms can be made worse during hot spells should be particularly careful and not wait until they are really poorly before seeking medical advice if they need it. A call to a GP or specialist nurse could avoid a trip to hospital later on.”

Peninsula Community Health are asking members of the public to use other services available such as pharmacies, GP surgeries and minor injury units at community hospitals.

Out-of-hours GPs can be seen in ‘surgeries’ at Bodmin, Camborne-Redruth, Falmouth, Fowey, Helston, Launceston, Liskeard, Newquay, St Austell and Stratton Community Hospitals. You can also access out-of-hours GP services at West Cornwall Hospital or via home visits.

For further information visit www.peninsulacommunityhealth.co.uk/choose-well. Full details of services can be found at www.nhs.uk

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  • ImSparticus  |  July 22 2014, 10:27PM

    Not only hot weather... Lightning creates more hearts problem admissions so this should be expected and A&E should be given the appropriate additional support to handle these natural events. I appreciate that this being a government organisation will need to hire a consultant to carry out a feasability study for four years on a payscale that could by some be misunderstood as boarderline thieft, but that's modern healthcare. Oh, I'm not a qualified Doctor and any opinions/rants expressed here are mine and mine alone.