Choose Well 2012
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Emergency health care workers are joining forces this winter to help educate the next generation about choosing the right treatments for illness or injury. Emergency Department attendances in Wales are up by 12 per cent since 2005 and the growing demand for services means that the NHS is finding it increasingly difficult to meet the needs of patients.
Welsh Government figures say that only 27 per cent of people who go to Emergency Departments are admitted as an Emergency. Evidence suggests that people are uncertain about the NHS services available to them. When asked spontaneously, only 1 per cent of people were aware that treatment was available at a Minor Injuries Unit, just 15 per cent were aware of the services offered by NHS Direct and as few as 6 per cent were aware that a Pharmacy offered health advice.
Paramedics, Nurses, NHS direct teams and Public Health Wales will be going on tour this winter at the colleges in North Wales calling on students to Choose Well this winter and think before they use Emergency (A&E) departments.
The Choose Well campaign assists people by linking their symptoms or injury to the right service. A new app has been developed and can be downloaded to show the pharmacies, GP surgeries, out of hours GP service and Minor injuries units close to you.
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