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The NHS needs to make savings because of growing demand, with factors such as an ageing population putting the NHS under increasing pressure, making it almost impossible to go on as before.
Each attendance at A&E is individually charged to the PCT and ultimately to the patient's practice. Each attendance is charged at £55 - £101 (dependant upon the complexity of the case). Admissions and out-patient follow-ups are added to these costs.
Please avoid unnecessary use of A&E - When to see a GP
- Flu like illnesses, coughs, earache, back-ache, sore throats
- Minor breathlessness or wheezing
- Abdominal pain (unless extreme or associated with collapse)
- Urinary difficulties (unless completely unable to pass water)
- Vaginal bleeding (unless very heavy and associated with faintness)
- Rashes (unless appears like spontaneous bleeding under skin or very unwell)
- Diarrhoea and vomitting
- Simple bites and stings
- Social problems
- Emergency contraception
- Dental problems (except major trauma)
Such conditions can generally be safely managed by a GP, Practice Nurse and in some cases self management.