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Residents reminded not to use A&E unless in an emergency

PUBLISHED: 17:02 12 December 2013 | UPDATED: 17:02 12 December 2013

Ruby Hopper, Lillie Henry-Laird and Jenson Hopper support the Nhs 'Not Always A&E' campaign

Ruby Hopper, Lillie Henry-Laird and Jenson Hopper support the Nhs 'Not Always A&E' campaign

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Shoppers in Bexleyheath are being reminded not to use A&E for non-emergencies by a family of seven-foot yellow figures.

The giants are part of the ‘not always A&E’ campaign which encourages residents to get medical help from the most appropriate source, such as urgent care centres, minor injuries units, walk-in services, doctor’s surgeries and pharmacies.

During winter the NHS sees an increase in people needing medical advice, with many visiting A&E or dialing 999 as they don’t know where else to go.

Bexleyheath resident Jackie Henry-Laird said: “I’ve learnt a lot from this campaign, especially about Queen Mary’s Hospital and the urgent care centre, which can treat injuries like cuts, burns, sprains, breaks and strains.

“Not knowing where to go when your children are unwell can make you feel quite isolated. Knowing there’s an urgent care centre nearby is great. My local pharmacist is also a great source of information and advice and can help with most things if I am

unsure where to go for help.”

To find out more about healthcare in Bexley, visit www.bexleyccg.nhs.uk or call the patient advice and liaison service on 0800 328 9712.

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