People urged to think twice before using emergency services over New Year

NHS Devon is urging people to use their services wisely during the New Year festivities.

NHS Devon is urging people to use their services wisely during the New Year festivities.

People are being asked to consider whether an emergency response is absolutely necessary before calling for an ambulance or attending an emergency department.

Tracey Polak, assistant director of public health at NHS Devon, said: "There are a range of services available for people to choose from when they become ill or have an accident and we encourage people to make use of these.

"We want people to think twice before they visit emergency departments or dial 999 as these options are meant to be used for emergencies only."


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Most GP practices, pharmacies and minor injuries units at community hospitals will be open over New Year.

Out-of-hours on call medical services for urgent medical issues are also available.

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People can also phone NHS Direct for advice and information about any healthcare issues 24 hours a day.

Full details of NHS services are available on its website www.devonpct.nhs.uk

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