Sunderland A&E facing ‘meltdown’ as 26,000 timewasters tie up staff – one in three of all attendees

Accident and Emergency Department at Sunderland Royal Hospital.

Accident and Emergency Department at Sunderland Royal Hospital.

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UNION bosses are warning A&E departments could go into meltdown after figures revealed one in three people used the service unnecessarily last year.

The Sunderland Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) said 75,522 people visited Accident and Emergency last year.

But of those, 15,226 left without having any treatment while 11,436 needed minor treatment which could have been found elsewhere – either visiting a pharmacist, calling 111 or taking care of it themselves.

 

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