It comes as NHS trusts across the region ask people to do their bit by thinking pharmacy, GP, and 111 in order to keep A&Es free for life-threatening emergencies.
Urgent treatment centres offer people urgent medical attention, when it’s not a life-threatening emergency.
If you have an injury or illness that requires urgent medical attention but is not life-threatening, the Redcar Treatment Centre will now be able to provide this from 8am to 11.30pm, seven days a week. The centre can give adults and children medical attention for a range of injuries or illnesses, including:
- Strains and sprains
- Suspected broken limbs
- Minor head injuries
- Cuts and grazes
- Minor scalds and burns
- Ear and throat infections
- Skin infections and rashes
- Eye problems
- Coughs and colds
- Feverish illness
- Abdominal pain
- Vomiting and diarrhoea
Nick Athey, clinical director for emergency medicine, said: “The winter months are always a busy time for A&E departments but this year we are facing the additional challenge of COVID-19.
“It is really important that people help us help them by keeping our A&E department at The James Cook University Hospital free for genuine life-threatening emergencies only.
“Those who do attend A&E will be assessed clinically by a member of our team and if suitable, will be re-directed to a pharmacist, GP, 111 or one of our Urgent Treatment Centres.
“If you are unsure where to go for medical advice please visit NHS 111 in the first instance.”