A Children’s Emergency Department Consultant from UHDB is urging parents and carers to use the ‘appropriate’ urgent care services for their children.
In the last few weeks, our Children’s Emergency Department Team have reported a ‘real increase’ in patients visiting the department at Royal Derby Hospital, averaging at 139 patients per day in comparison to June 2020, where an average of 59 patients were attending per day.
Dr Gisela Robinson said “Your local pharmacy can help you with many minor illnesses or injuries. It's a great first option for quick, helpful advice. Your pharmacist can recommend over-the-counter treatments or suggest if they think you need help from a clinician. Face to face appointments are also available at your GP practice.
“By using alternative urgent care services and only attending the department in a life threatening emergency, you will be helping us by supporting those around you in receiving the care they need in the right place at the right time.
“Walk-in centres and Urgent Care Centres can also give you advice and treatment for minor injuries and ailments. You don't need an appointment and anyone can use the service - including those who are not registered with a GP. They are open later in the evenings and at weekends when your usual GP surgery may be closed.”