THE inner workings of East Lancashire’s urgent care centres will be published on Twitter today.
Real-time messages about patients’ illnesses and injuries will be updated from the nurses’ stations by communications staff at the Royal Blackburn Hospital and Burnley General Hospitals between 9am and 5pm.
Twitter users can follow @EastLancsHosp, @BwDCCG and @NHSEastLancs, who will post under the hashtag #tweetwell.
All cases featured will remain anonymous to ensure patients’ identities are not revealed.
The updates are part of a week-long campaign involving NHS trusts across the North West to promote local health services in the run-up to Christmas and help people understand which services to use when necessary.
Dr Charles Thompson, a director at East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust, said: “I think people will be surprised not only by the number of patients we see every day, but also the reasons why they attend.
“While we mostly see patients with an urgent medical need, a significant number turn up with a minor complaint that could have been more appropriately treated with advice from their pharmacy or GP.”