CASUALTY doctors in Huddersfield claim they are dealing with patients suffering from hangovers and colds.
Now they are insisting: Stay away from A&E.
Staff at the Infirmary’s busy unit say people are trying to use the vital service for minor ailments.
Hangovers and colds are two of a growing list of non-emergency problems patients have reported to staff at the Accident and Emergency department in Huddersfield.
Doctors at Huddersfield Royal Infirmary are now asking people to think about their condition before going to A&E.
They say A&E is not for “anything and everything”, but serious and immediate health concerns.
Dr Mark Davies, A&E consultant at HRI, said: “People who attend the department with very, very minor superficial injuries can help us by thinking through whether they really need to visit A&E.
“The question people need to ask is: ‘Would I go to my GP with this?’
“If the answer is yes then that’s where they should go.”
Both HRI and Calderdale Royal Hospital (CRH) have seen recent attendances that are more associated with the winter months, such as colds and flu-like symptoms.
Doctors and nurses based at A&E at HRI and at CRH have compiled a list of health-related problems that could be dealt with elsewhere.
Routine prescriptions, hangovers, toothache and sexual health problems are among those not requiring emergency treatment.
While some people have requested health checks and treatment to ingrowing toenails and minor cuts.
Staff are now asking people with very minor injuries or ailments to visit their GP or pharmacist instead.
They are also highlighting the NHS Direct service, which provides information and advice about illnesses to enable patients to make decisions about their health care.
It will give A&E doctors more time to concentrate their efforts on patients with more serious health problems.
An HRI spokeswoman said: “Everyone who needs hospital treatment will get it, but we are reminding the public to use A&E for the right reasons.”