Yellow giants encourage people to consider alternatives to A&E this winter

News Shopper: Ruby Hopper with Lillie Henry-Laird and Jenson Hopper Ruby Hopper with Lillie Henry-Laird and Jenson Hopper

GIANT yellow models have brightened up Bexleyheath this week.

The seven-foot family of figures greeted shoppers and pedestrians yesterday (Dec 11) to inform them about alternatives to A&E departments this winter.

The models form part of a campaign launching across south-east London, Not Always A&E, which encourages people to seek help from elsewhere such as an urgent care centre, minor injuries unit, walk-in service, doctor’s surgery or a pharmacy.

News Shopper: Picture tweeted by Mike @ForthHokage

Hundreds of shoppers stopped to find out more about including mum Jackie Henry-Laird from Bexleyheath.

She said: “Not knowing where to go when my children are unwell can make you feel quite isolated. Knowing there’s an urgent care centre nearby is great.”

“I’ve learnt a lot from this campaign, especially about Queen Mary’s Hospital and the urgent care centre, which can treat injuries like cuts, burns, sprains, breaks and strains.

News Shopper: Nurse Bipin Patel with Dr Howard Stoate and Andy Maxted

Chair of NHS Bexley Clinical Commissioning Group Dr Howard Stoate, said: “Thousands of Bexley residents attend accident and emergency departments in London, Dartford and further afield every month, when many could be treated in a more convenient and suitable place.

“There are a range of healthcare services local people can access in the borough and this campaign helps to explain what these are and when you might need to attend, depending on the illness or injury you might have.”

For more information, visit bexleyccg.nhs.uk

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12:03pm Thu 12 Dec 13

Techvedic says...

hopefully the awareness program will do its job well....editor techvedic
hopefully the awareness program will do its job well....editor techvedic Techvedic

12:23pm Thu 12 Dec 13

PaulErith says...

Bit of an eyesoar to be honest! Also if I were walking through Bexleyheath after a heavy session, these things would probably freak me out. :)
Bit of an eyesoar to be honest! Also if I were walking through Bexleyheath after a heavy session, these things would probably freak me out. :) PaulErith

1:10pm Thu 12 Dec 13

Locked an Loaded says...

Yeah what you mean is the NHS is "overwhelmed" go to Sangatte another camp is open now???? not rocket science is it!!!!!!!
Yeah what you mean is the NHS is "overwhelmed" go to Sangatte another camp is open now???? not rocket science is it!!!!!!! Locked an Loaded

2:41pm Thu 12 Dec 13

Gypo.Joe says...

Locked an Loaded wrote:
Yeah what you mean is the NHS is "overwhelmed" go to Sangatte another camp is open now???? not rocket science is it!!!!!!!
Can you smell that ? Oh it's only you Karl and the distinct waft of BNP.
[quote][p][bold]Locked an Loaded[/bold] wrote: Yeah what you mean is the NHS is "overwhelmed" go to Sangatte another camp is open now???? not rocket science is it!!!!!!![/p][/quote]Can you smell that ? Oh it's only you Karl and the distinct waft of BNP. Gypo.Joe

3:51pm Thu 12 Dec 13

sarfflondonbird says...

But will these centres be open or available over the festive period when needed? Half the time, they are full to capacity, or just shut.....No good to man, woman or child, if they can't get sufficient help.
And where are these places then?
But will these centres be open or available over the festive period when needed? Half the time, they are full to capacity, or just shut.....No good to man, woman or child, if they can't get sufficient help. And where are these places then? sarfflondonbird

4:38pm Thu 12 Dec 13

Gypo.Joe says...

sarfflondonbird wrote:
But will these centres be open or available over the festive period when needed? Half the time, they are full to capacity, or just shut.....No good to man, woman or child, if they can't get sufficient help.
And where are these places then?
These urgent care centres are not for people like you with psychiatric problems.

THank You
[quote][p][bold]sarfflondonbird[/bold] wrote: But will these centres be open or available over the festive period when needed? Half the time, they are full to capacity, or just shut.....No good to man, woman or child, if they can't get sufficient help. And where are these places then?[/p][/quote]These urgent care centres are not for people like you with psychiatric problems. THank You Gypo.Joe

5:06pm Thu 12 Dec 13

applause says...

sarfflondonbird wrote:
But will these centres be open or available over the festive period when needed? Half the time, they are full to capacity, or just shut.....No good to man, woman or child, if they can't get sufficient help.
And where are these places then?
Oh my good golly gosh! I actually agree with you. Very good points you made. Come on NS, let us know where they are. Not all of us can affoed to go to bexleyheath. Hate the yellow giants. Come you vandals, do something useful for once.
[quote][p][bold]sarfflondonbird[/bold] wrote: But will these centres be open or available over the festive period when needed? Half the time, they are full to capacity, or just shut.....No good to man, woman or child, if they can't get sufficient help. And where are these places then?[/p][/quote]Oh my good golly gosh! I actually agree with you. Very good points you made. Come on NS, let us know where they are. Not all of us can affoed to go to bexleyheath. Hate the yellow giants. Come you vandals, do something useful for once. applause

11:21pm Thu 12 Dec 13

pamela8 says...

Yellow ...the colour of the coward, I don,t like this...The NHS has been paid for by the majority of the General Public....Ok , so they now say go the other places but as its been mentioned already. Why should we? Especially where children are involved,its always best to double check.. These yellow things just indicate more underhanded stuff from the Bunch of Cowards in Government....In the New Year we will see how the Tories finally put the last nail in the corrupt coffin by stating the services were not used as much as expected over the holiday time so it does not warrant being there....Work it out ..Think about it...Do not keep doing as you are told..Use it or lose it...WAKE UP!!!
Yellow ...the colour of the coward, I don,t like this...The NHS has been paid for by the majority of the General Public....Ok , so they now say go the other places but as its been mentioned already.[and a very good point by the way in spite of Gypo Joes usual nasty snide comments] Why should we? Especially where children are involved,its always best to double check.. These yellow things just indicate more underhanded stuff from the Bunch of Cowards in Government....In the New Year we will see how the Tories finally put the last nail in the corrupt coffin by stating the services were not used as much as expected over the holiday time so it does not warrant being there....Work it out ..Think about it...Do not keep doing as you are told..Use it or lose it...WAKE UP!!! pamela8

5:50am Fri 13 Dec 13

ISaidThis says...

Don't go to A&E, it's probably been shut down anyway.
Don't go to A&E, it's probably been shut down anyway. ISaidThis

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