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A&E Appears On BBC

Monday November 17 2014


Barnsley Hospital Barnsley Hospital


BARNSLEY Hospital's A&E department appeared BBC's Look North to urge people to stop attending in non-emergencies.

Bosses have warned that they're under extreme pressure to meet their four-hour waiting target due to the "chronic misuse" of the service.

A recent study - commissioned by the Barnsley Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) - found just 22 per cent out of 80,000 patients regarded their condition as an emergency.

The news programme attended on Thursday last week, telling viewers that around 200 people per day are seen in the department.

Dr Nick Balac, local GP and chair of Barnsley CCG, said: "The emergency department should only be used in the case of a serious or life-threatening situation and people should choose to either treat their own minor injuries or use more relevant services available.

"We have recently introduced Saturday opening in some GP surgeries and are in the process of rolling out a GP telephone appointment service which will make it easier for people to get to see their GP."