Its the winter and we know we will have the annual statements from the NHS stating A&E are over stretched and urging people to seek alternate advice.
The questions is when do we know something is serious or not. It is likely that some will queue at the tirade desk and insist on seeing someone. what is worrying is the person who does not go, and the situation is far more serious.
How does the NHS make sure the most vulnerable do not slip through the net. Unless the most vulnerable do attend, we will never know.
Emergency departments across Northern Ireland are currently experiencing a high level of pressure, according to the Health and Social Care Board (HSC).The HSC and the Public Health Agency (PHA) have warned some patients are having to wait longer to be treated.In a joint statement, they say they are working closely with all Health and Social Care Trusts.They have urged the public to consider other options if their symptoms are not urgent or life-threatening."By choosing the most appropriate service, patients will receive the right treatment in the right place and will help alleviate pressures on other urgent care services at this very busy time, " a HSC spokeswoman said. The board and the PHA have urged the public to consider other care options available to them such as their GP, nearest minor injury unit or local pharmacy.