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Walk this way if you’re feeling unwell

Tue 12th January 2016

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Doctors and health chiefs in the Sunderland area want anyone feeling unwell to think about the best place to go to get help.

They are asking people to consider visiting one of the four urgent care centres available or phone NHS 111 for speedy support and advice. This will take the pressure off the Emergency Department in Sunderland Royal Hospital, which is currently very busy.

Dr Ian Pattison, a local GP and Clinical Chair at NHS Sunderland Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), said: “We want all patients to get the quickest and best treatment and in the right place.

“This is not always the Emergency Department which is for real emergencies. The sorts of illnesses that affect people at this time of year can easily be dealt with by our urgent care centres, or you could visit a pharmacist who will be happy to help.”

The four urgent care centres in the Sunderland area, which are open from Monday to Friday from 10am-10pm, including bank holidays, and from 8am-10pm on Saturdays and Sundays, are:

  • Washington Primary Care Centre, Parkway, Washington, NE38 7QZ
  • Bunny Hill Primary Care Centre, Downhill, Sunderland, SR5 4BW
  • Houghton Primary Care Centre, Houghton-le-Spring, DH4 5HB
  • Pallion Health Centre, Hylton Road, Sunderland, SR4 7XF

Dr Pattison added: “If we all play our part in using the health service best suited to our needs then the hardworking doctors and nurses in Sunderland’s Emergency Department can devote all their time to urgent and emergency patients.”

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