When to go to hospital

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I struggled to know what to write about this month if I am honest.. I try and keep these blogs useful and helpful with first aid information about a specific subject, but this month it just feels like everyone (at least most the people I know) are just hanging in there and riding this out as best they can.

How do you feel? Same? Better? Worse? It seems to me that we are all getting on with it and getting more used to our own little bubble, however from a first aid perspective this can be a little dangerous..

A friend of mine called me last week and said her daughter had cut her chin quite badly on the climbing frame and did I think she needed to take her to hospital as she was worried about being there with Covid-19 being around. She had looked after it well and didn’t need to go in the end but it is really important to go to A&E if you actually need to.

In March it was reported that there was a 29% drop in numbers of people attending A&E. Whilst we all know there are some people who go to A&E when they don’t need to, what that figure actually represents is a large number of people who needed urgent medical attention not going in to receive it and, unfortunately, in a number of these cases, people dying because of it.

The NHS are working really hard to make hospitals as safe as possible for all. There are Covid-19 areas and non Covid-19 areas and they have strict protocols in place to do all the can to stop the virus spreading. Therefore, if you have chest pains, suspect a broken bone, have suffered a servere burn etc. please please do go in.

Below is a list showing some of the reasons you should go to see a medical professionals even with Covid-19 around (a longer list for children can be seen in the banner or on my social media channels):

Go to A&E or call 999 when:

  • Someone is unconscious or unresponsive
  • Has no pulse
  • Has suffered a severe allergic reaction
  • Has a seizure for the first time
  • Breathing is not straightforward i.e. they are sucking in and out of their ribs or struggling to catch a breath
  • They are bleeding from an injury and it won’t stop after more than 10 minutes of pressure

Go to A&E if:

  • They have a severe or constant tummy ache
  • Have burnt themselves badly
  • Have broken a bone
  • Swallowed a foreign object (in children batteries inparticular)
  • They are expressing suicidal or self harm thoughts

Call your GP if:

  • Ear pain for more than 2 days
  • Accidental overdose of medication
  • Severe tummy pain that comes and goes
  • Vomiting and Diarrhoea
  • Wheezing when breathing

Call 111 or your community pharmacist if:

  • They have pink or red eyes
  • Ear ache for less than 2 days
  • Cough or runny nose and/or hayfever symptoms

These are obviously just some of the many things that people can deal with on a day to day basis but the message is, if you would usually go and speak to your pharmacist about an ailment, call them.

If you usually wouldn’t think twice about taking someone to A&E because of a serious accident, take them.

Our NHS service is fantastic as we all know and they are ready and waiting to help us on all issues, not just Covid-19.

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