Patients with minor ailments and minor injuries often attend Accident & Emergency departments because they are unable to get an appointment with their GP and  don't know of their local Minor Injuries Unit.

Hospital A & E departments have to prioritise cases and they do not operate on a first come, first served basis. Therefore, patients can be waiting a very long time to be seen.  Many present with very minor ailments and injuries that could have been better treated by visiting a pharmacy where they could have seen them almost immediately. Some cases could even have been self-treated at home. Minor injury units can effectively deal with a range of cases (see below).

Of course, some "minor" symptoms can turn out to be more serious - so it really is a matter of good judgement as to what to do. A call to the NHS 111 service enables you to receive good advice on what you should do in your particular case..
For minor injuries that cannot be self-treated, please dial 1-1-1 or go to the nearest Minor Injuries Unit:

Cuts/grazes and lacerations
Sprains and strains
Broken bones (fractures)
Bites and stings (including human/animal bites)
Infected wounds
Minor head injuries
Minor eye infections, foreign bodies and scratches.

If the problem is simple or you are unsure whether a minor injury can be self-treated you could discuss the matter with NHS 111 or consult your local pharmacist.
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