Among the other absurd reasons given to doctors and nurses were someone asking for a bed because ‘they couldn’t get a good night’s sleep at home’, a paper cut and someone with a cold sore.
Poole Hospital and Royal Bournemouth Hospital in Dorset have revealed the examples of people seeking medical treatment for minor ailments, as figured reveal that each UK hospital deals with around 10,000 time wasters a year.
Research by the Royal College of Emergency Medicine suggest 15 per cent of A&E patients could get help more appropriately elsewhere.
During times of increased pressure on our services it is particularly important that the public make informed decisions
Both have urged people only to attend A&E if their condition is a genuine emergency.
Richard Renaut, the chief operating officer at the Royal Bournemouth Hospital, said: “During times of increased pressure on our services it is particularly important that the public make informed decisions about the most appropriate way to access the care they need.
One person asked for a bed because ‘they couldn’t get a good night’s sleep at home’
Geoffrey Walker, matron for emergency care at Poole Hospital, said: “A&E departments are for serious illness or injury and it’s important to stress that the vast majority of patients do access the service appropriately.
“For those that don’t need A&E there are many alternatives where people’s health needs may be met more appropriately and which could offer faster access to care.
“These include GPs, including out of hours, walk-in centres, minor injuries units, pharmacists and the NHS 111 telephone service.
“Using these services where appropriate means our focus can be on patients that really need to be in an A&E unit.”