News from Lynne
I issued the following press release on- Higher
Education Funding on 21.05.04
LET'S HELP OUR HOSPITAL BY "treating it right" SAYS LYNNE JONES MP
Lynne Jones MP is launching a campaign to help the
A&E teams at Selly Oak Hospital by making sure that local
people know all the options to get the treatment they need:
Lynne Jones MP said:
"After my calls for increased investment in the NHS I'm pleased that
the Health Secretary, John Reid, recently announced increased investment for NHS trusts
that treat the vast majority of A&E patients in 4 hours. I know our local NHS staff
will be working hard to hit that target, but we can all help.
"Every A&E worker has
stories of spending valuable time on patients who don't need to be treated at A&E.
This isn't because people are thoughtless, but because they are understandably confused
and concerned by their illness. At the same time, people with really serious conditions
often don't want to bother busy doctors and nurses.
government has announced that Thomson Local directories will now include easy to use, step
by step healthcare advice and information covering over many of the most common adult and
child health problems with advice on how to treat symptoms at home where appropriate.
"I want to
encourage everyone to consult their NHS guide when it arrives with their Thomson
directory, and help our A&E treat those who need it most first. Of course, everyone
should get their treatment they need, but often A&E needn't be the first calI.
This could make a real
difference to Selly Oak, because the quicker the hospital can provide treatment, the more
likely patients are to recover."
"If residents do
not receive a copy, they can find one at www.nhsdirect.nhs.uk
or can get immediate advice by calling NHS direct on 0845 46 47.
The Thomson Local
Directory this year will include a 16 page NHS guide to common complaints, with
suggestions on the appropriate way to respond, from treating at home to calling 999.
The Government has set a
target of 98% of all A&E patients being treated within 4 hours. Obviously the fewer
minor complaints that are taken to A&E and seen at more appropriate locations, the
more time is freed for serious emergencies.
More details about the
Thomson Directory supplement and NHS direct campaign can be found here www.nhsdirect.nhs.uk or
by calling 0845 46 47