Have a safe and happy Christmas
Thursday, 23 December 2010
Staff at North Bristol NHS Trust work hard to try to ensure services are not disrupted during adverse weather and to continue services during the Christmas and New Year period.
The Minor Injuries Unit at Southmead Hospital and the Accident & Emergency (A&E) department at Frenchay Hospital are open as usual.
You should go to your local A&E department if you need emergency care for a serious injury, or illness - for example, if you are experiencing breathing difficulties, blood loss, or if you suspect that you have a broken bone.
Juliette Hughes, clinical matron for the A&E Department at Frenchay Hospital, said: "The A&E department at Frenchay Hospital is likely to be extremely busy over the Christmas period caring for people with serious conditions.
“In order to get the most effective help, members of the public should think about whether it is more appropriate to seek help from their GP or use one of the other health services such as NHS Direct, the GP-led health centre or the Minor Injuries Unit at Southmead Hospital which is open from 9am until 9pm every day of the year."
Remember your choices in an emergency
In times of an accident or a medical emergency understanding what options are available will help you to get the best care as quickly as possible.
We want to ensure that people choose the right service for their needs, and that hospital services are freed up to treat people who really need A&E and other specialist services.
Choosing the right health service for your needs enables you to get the best treatment for your condition. Find out more about your choices in an emergency…
North Bristol NHS Trust would like to wish you all a safe and happy Christmas and New Year. Remember to keep warm and well during the festive season.