Use NHS Walk-in Centre at station to free up A&E this Xmas
Local people and visitors are being urged to use the Brighton Station Health Centre for treatment for minor illnesses and injuries, helping free up emergency care services for those most in need this Christmas and New Year.
Winter is expected to be extremely difficult for the NHS across the country, especially on A&E departments and GP surgeries as they cope with increasing numbers of people seeking treatment.
To help ease this pressure on local services, the NHS is urging people with minor infections and rashes, stomach upsets, superficial cuts and bruises, minor burns and strains to visit Brighton Station Health Centre for treatment.
There is no need to be a registered patient or to make an appointment to use the walk-in centre and it offers quick treatment close to home from 8am-8pm in the city centre.
Dr David Supple, Brighton GP and Chair of NHS Brighton and Hove CCG, said: “If you need urgent care that is not an emergency this Xmas, you can get treated quickly without an appointment at Brighton Station Health Centre. Research shows more than 20 extra people a week are already choosing to help ease pressure on NHS emergency services and GPs by using the service compared to last year.
“The NHS is doing everything it can to prepare for the extra winter pressures we expect to face, now we are calling the public to action through the HelpMyNHS campaign to ensure they access the right service for their needs at the right time.”
A website at www.sussexhelpmy.nhs.uk highlights the all the available alternatives to A&E visits or GP appointments, and has searchable listings on the most appropriate services available across Sussex to treat a range of illness and injuries.
What the Walk in Centre at Brighton Station CAN treat/provide:
- Bites and stings
- Ear/throat infections
- Minor skin infections
- Minor common illnesses
- Cuts and grazes
- Minor scalds and burns
- Strains and sprains
- Coughs and colds
- Urinary Tract Infection’s
- Emergency contraception and advice
- Abdominal (Stomach) Pain
- Vomiting and diarrhoea
- Repeat Medication - They only issue urgent repeat prescriptions for a 3 day supply. (We require proof that medication is currently being prescribed)
What the Walk in Centre at Brighton Station CANNOT treat/provide:
- Requests for Repeat Medication. They are unable to issue prescriptions for benzodiazepines, controlled drugs, sleeping tablets and private prescriptions such as Viagra.
- Antibiotics are only prescribed if clinically indicated and you may be advised to buy medication available over the counter.
- Sick Certificates - Only your own GP can provide you with a medical sick certificate.
- X ray, Imaging and Routine Referrals - All referrals for X rays or scans need to be undertaken by your GP.
- Routine procedures that are provided by your GP surgery e.g. ear syringing, dressings
- Dental conditions
- Blood tests/swabs/investigations
- Pregnancy related conditions