Some people don’t want to cause a fuss after they have suffered an accident like a slip, trip or fall. They may feel it unnecessarily burdens the health system and decline to seek medical attention as a result. Avoiding seeking medical attention for your injuries could have serious consequences for your health and safety if it transpires that your injuries are worse than thought. It’s better to be safe than sorry when it comes to accidents. Here’s how to know when to go to the GP or A&E.
Going to the GP
After suffering an accident, you should go to the GP as soon as possible as a matter of course. If your accident occurs outside GP surgery hours, you will normally be directed to an out-of-hours service that may be able to help you with any enquiries you may have.
Going to A&E
If your injuries are urgent or indeed life-threatening, you should go straight to A&E. An appointment at A&E is not necessary but you may have a long wait if there are a number of people already waiting or someone in a critical condition has been rushed in whilst you are waiting. The highly-skilled doctors & nurses at A&E are the front line services in the NHS and must take patients on a priority basis.
Going to your GP or A&E aren’t the only options available if you’ve been involved in an accident. You may also call the NHS non-emergency number on 111 for any non-serious injuries that may still require medical attention. Your symptoms will be assessed over the phone and a highly-trained advisor will inform you whether or not you should seek immediate medical attention by visiting A&E or making an appointment with your GP.
Getting medical attention when injured is a priority for your health and well-being. In addition, the evidence of a medical professional can support your claim if you were injured and someone else was at fault. If you have been injured and you weren’t to blame, contact Accident Advice Helpline on 0800 689 0500 for more information on how you could make a 100% no-win-no-fee* claim. Accident Advice Helpline has over 15 years’ experience in all areas of personal injury compensation and we operate right across the UK.
Date Published: December 9, 2015
Author: David Brown