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Appeal to patients in east Kent

East Kent Hospitals is asking members of the public to carefully consider safe alternatives to A&E in east Kent, particularly for the A&E department at the Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother Hospital, Margate (QEQM).

The Emergency Department (A&E) at the QEQM Hospital is currently extremely busy, caring for large numbers of people who are seriously ill. We are appealing to people who don’t have a serious or life-threatening illness or injury to avoid going to A&E and to seek care elsewhere.

Director of Operations for the Trust, Jane Ely, said: “We have seen a sudden surge in attendance at the QEQM Hospital in the past 24 hours and are asking members of the public to consider if they may be able to seek appropriate help from their pharmacist, GP or a minor injuries unit. This will help us to provide the specialist care seriously ill patients need in our Emergency Departments.”

We have seen a sudden surge in attendance at the QEQM Hospital in the past 24 hours...

If you have a health problem and are not sure what to do or who to contact...

Please use the Health Help Now web app which lists services and gives health advice and information for east Kent.

If you need medical help fast but it is not a 999 emergency...

Please ring NHS 111


23 July 2015

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