Search

Giant yellow men deliver health message in Stratford

11:42 30 January 2013

Passer-bys look up one of the several 7 feet tall yellow figures has been placed outside Stratford station to create awareness in people to avoid A&E services in favour of walk-in clinics. Picture: Isabel Infantes

Passer-bys look up one of the several 7 feet tall yellow figures has been placed outside Stratford station to create awareness in people to avoid A&E services in favour of walk-in clinics. Picture: Isabel Infantes

Archant

Giant yellow men waited around by the main transport hub in Stratford yesterday - to teach passengers when to visit accident and emegency units.

Sara Romero mimics one of the several 7 feet tall yellow figures has been placed outside Stratford station to create awareness in people to avoid A&E services in favour of walk-in clinics. Picture: Isabel InfantesSara Romero mimics one of the several 7 feet tall yellow figures has been placed outside Stratford station to create awareness in people to avoid A&E services in favour of walk-in clinics. Picture: Isabel Infantes

Gripping their heads and glued to the toilet, the statues stood at seven feet tall in Meridian Square representing injuries that do not need to be treated in A&E.

The stunt was held to highlight the NHS’s ‘Not Always A&E’ campaign to cut down on waiting times after a report found that eight per cent of all A&E patients could have been treated at their local pharmacy while up to 40 per cent of visitors simply ended up receiving health advice.

Figures from the London Ambulance Service show they attended 34,422 incidents in Newham from April 1 2012 to Jan 23 2013 - the highest number of callouts in east London - but 4,574 of these did not need to be taken to hospital while 541 patients were referred to another medical facility by paramedics.

Coughs, colds, headaches, diarrhoea, cuts, minor infections, and sprains were some of the ailments singled out as treatable elsewhere.

Dr Zuhair Zarifa, from the Newham Clinical Commissioning Group, said: “A&E shouldn’t automatically be the place to go for any problem. This puts a lot of pressure on A&E and increases waiting times for those patients who are genuinely in need of urgent medical attention.

“Many people could easily be treated by a local pharmacist, GP, at a minor injuries unit or walk In service, or even just by staying at home and looking after yourself.”

Visit wwww.NotAlwaysAandE.co.uk to find out where pharmacies and clinics are in your area.

0 comments

Latest News Stories

Yesterday, 07:00
Tuesday's event will feature a talk from Holocaust survivor Rudi Oppenheimer

Holocaust survivor Rudi Oppenheimer will be sharing his story at the Old Town Hall on Tuesday.

Newham
Saturday, January 24, 2015
Police action day at the Stratford Mall. Chief inspector Shabnam Choudhri with Reginea Savepy, age four and Ria Savepy, age six.

“The children singing on the stage today, in just four or five year’s time they could be involved in gangs.

Borough
Friday, January 23, 2015
Shah Ahmed

A Custom House man has been handed a suspended sentence for sexually assaulting a woman on a bus.

Snaresbrook Crown Court
Friday, January 23, 2015
Members of the elite team show how it's done

“As soon as you tell someone that you’re a cheerleader, people think of you as a scantily clad girl on the sidelines cheering someone on.

Most read news

It’s easy to lose sight of how beautiful London is when you’re crammed into a commuter train. Let these flying Instagram users take you on a bird’s eye tour of London.

People have pretty good memories when it comes to the outstanding performance of a tub of lard on HIGNFY.

The UN ambassador unveiled IMPACT10X10X10, a new initiative to end gender inequality as part of the HeForShe campaign.

David Cameron and Tony Blair are among those paying tribute.

Digital Edition

Image
Read the Newham Recorder e-edition today E-edition
Family Notices 24
Our trusted business finder