OPINION: Go to local ED only when it's necessary

IT COMES as concerning news to hear that thousands are abusing our hospital's emergency department by turning up with minor ailments.

Is it any wonder that when we do go along with a real problem we are forced to sit around for hours waiting. The triage nurses do a great job in trying to separate the wheat from the chaff, but sometimes they are confronted with people pushing a few small fibs to move up the queue.

I am sure the old "I also do have some chest pains" is often dropped out.

With so many doctor's bulk billing in Ipswich it amazes me that people still roll along to emergency instead of going off to the local clinics.

I attend Medcross which is just across the road from the hospital and the staff are always helpful and efficient and if you need to see a doctor quickly they try their best to accommodate.

I have been told that the latest statistics on the flu paint a worrying picture for Ipswich.

That said in having seen so many children walking around without shoes it doesn't surprise me. The real answer of course to our emergency department queues is for people to look at improving their health.

I invite all to join our current campaign to "kick the kilos", the details are featured regularly in this paper.



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