PEOPLE across Tees Valley can now access Redcar Urgent Treatment Centre until 11.30pm from today (16 November) and throughout the winter.
It comes as NHS trusts across the region ask people to do their bit by thinking pharmacy, GP, and 111 in order to keep A&Es free for life-threatening emergencies.
Urgent treatment centres offer people urgent medical attention, when it’s not a life-threatening emergency.
If you have an injury or illness that requires urgent medical attention but is not life-threatening, the Redcar Treatment Centre will now be able to provide this from 8am to 11:30pm, seven days a week. The centre can give adults and children medical attention for a range of injuries or illnesses, including:
Strains and sprains
Suspected broken limbs
Minor head injuries
Cuts and grazes
Minor scalds and burns
Ear and throat infections
Skin infections and rashes
Coughs and colds
Vomiting and diarrhoea
Nick Athey, clinical director for emergency medicine, said: “The winter months are always a busy time for A&E departments but this year we are facing the additional challenge of COVID-19
“It is really important that people help us help them by keeping our A&E department at The James Cook University Hospital free for genuine life-threatening emergencies only. Those who do attend A&E will be assessed clinically by a member of our team and if suitable, will be re-directed to a pharmacist, GP, 111 or one of our Urgent Treatment Centres. If you are unsure where to go for medical advice please visit NHS 111 in the first instance.”