Ian Lavery is calling on his constituents to make the best use of the urgent care centre at Wansbeck General Hospital this winter if they need treatment for minor ailments.
The Wansbeck MP is backing Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust’s campaign advising which are the appropriate services to use and is keen to remind residents of the care available at the 24-hour walk in service at the Ashington hospital.
He recently met with David Evans, the organisation’s chief executive, to hear about the positive impact being made by the Northumbria Specialist Emergency Care Hospital near Cramlington, which is the first of its kind to provide seven day consultant-led care for seriously ill or injured patients.
However, to keep this facility free for those patients who need it most, Mr Lavery is reminding people to follow the trust’s advice and continue using the Wansbeck for things that are not serious or immediately life-threatening.
Inappropriate attendances at the Northumbria in recent weeks include for on-going problems such as a bad back, requesting routine blood checks and for minor problems such as sore throats, small cuts, eye problems and period pains.
Mr Lavery said: “It is important that everyone is aware of the walk-in service that is available at Wansbeck General Hospital.
“The trust has done an excellent job of communicating the changes that took place when the new Northumbria hospital opened last summer, but we all have a responsibility for using the services wisely.
“For people with less serious problems, the urgent care centre at the Wansbeck is first-class. The new model of emergency care is something we can all be rightly proud of and it is clear the new hospital is having a hugely positive impact for seriously ill patients.”