With Christmas just a week away, a local GP has advised residents to stock-up on medicines to avoid unnecessary visits to A&E.
Dr Christopher Browning, a GP in Long Melford and chairman of the NHS West Suffolk Clinical Commissioning Group, said: “The festive season is always a busy time for NHS services and staff.
“This is why it is so important for people to make the right choice and choose the most appropriate place to go for treatment should they need it.
“Importantly, people should remember that the A&E department is the place to go only if you’ve had a serious accident or have a medical emergency.
“During this busy time, we want people to consider the other healthcare options available to them.
“By making the right choice, people will get treated quicker and A&E staff will be able to focus on helping people with serious, life-threatening conditions.”
Dr Browning advised residents to stock-up on medication, such as paracetamol and cold and flu remedies, and reminded people of the free 24-hour NHS 111 advice line.