Cases not serious enough for the A&E

Emergency departments continue to be packed, but the number of non-emergency cases has dropped as such cases are redirected to GPs

While cases of varying severity continue to be seen at emergency departments, efforts have been made to reduce the load of non-emergency cases.
While cases of varying severity continue to be seen at emergency departments, efforts have been made to reduce the load of non-emergency cases. PHOTO: ISTOCKPHOTO
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Mr Heng, a retiree who does not want to give his real name, rushed to the emergency department one recent morning as he had not been able to urinate for at least 24 hours.

He registered himself, joined the queue and waited until past noon before he could see the doctor.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on November 11, 2019, with the headline Cases not serious enough for the A&E. Subscribe