HEALTH chiefs want people to visit the accident and emergency department only in an emergency to help ease pressure on medics.
NHS England figures showed the Mid-Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust had the fifth busiest A&Es nationally in the week ending February 2.
And the following day, Monday February 3, proved to the most hectic of the last three months.
Some 670 people visited A&E at either Dewsbury District Hospital, Pinderfields or Pontefract General that day.
This compares to an average over the last three months of 590 patients per day, with some having gone to A&E without just cause.
The following are examples of appropriate A&E use:
• Chest pain, a collapse or heavy blood loss;
• Broken bones;
• Burns which are large or deep and need dressings;
• Serious cuts which will not stop bleeding.
Anybody with ailments like a cold, toothache or minor joint problems should seek medical advice elsewhere.
Venues include GP surgeries, dentists and the Locala walk-in centre at Dewsbury District Hospital.
Mid-Yorkshire's deputy chief operating officer, Neil Clark, said: “Lots of people take themselves to A&E.
“But quite often they find their GP surgery or a pharmacist is better placed to help them.”
Anyone unsure can see www.nhsstaywell.org for more details on what to do when feeling unwell.