Consider alternatives to A&E this Easter, health bosses urge

Brighton Station Health Centre on Queens Road
Brighton Station Health Centre on Queens Road

Health bosses have asked patients to consider alternatives to accident and emergency departments this Easter to ‘help ease the pressure on local services’.

Brighton and Hove’s clinical commissioning group (CCG) said people with minor illnesses and injuries are being urged to use the Brighton Station Health Centre, helping free up emergency care services for those most in need.

It said: “The last few months have been extremely difficult for the NHS across the country, especially on A&E departments and local GP surgeries as they cope with increasing numbers of people seeking treatment.

“To help ease this pressure on local services this Easter holiday the NHS is urging people with minor infections and rashes, stomach upsets, superficial cuts and bruises, minor burns and strains to visit Brighton Station Health Centre for treatment. There is no need to be a registered patient or to make an appointment to use the walk-in centre and it offers quick treatment close to home from 8am-8pm in the city centre.

Dr David Supple, clinical chair of the CCG, said: “This Easter school holiday, if you do need urgent care that is not an emergency, you can get treated quickly without an appointment at the Brighton Station Health Centre. There is no need to be a registered patient or to make an appointment to and it offers easy access to quick treatment from 8am-8pm Monday to Sunday.

“Everyone can #HelpMyNHS by choosing the right service at the right time, freeing up emergency services for those most in need.”

A Sussex #HelpMyNHS website highlights alternatives to A&E visits, and has searchable listings on the most appropriate services available across Sussex to treat a range of illness and injuries, here.