POLL: Should people with minor injuries be turned away from QA?

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Hundreds of people are being treated at the Queen Alexandra Hospital despite not being seriously enough injured to be there.

We reported last week that one in seven people attending the accident and emergency department should under NHS guidelines have instead have gone to a minor injuries unit or a GP.

The NHS says A&E is not the right place to go for treatment for bruises, contusions and abrasions, muscle injuries, sprains or ligament injuries and lacerations, bites or incised wounds.

But the continued stream of minor injuries is putting extra pressure on Portsmouth’s main hospital, as all are given necessary treatment once they have arrived.

So should people be simply turned away if a minor injuries unit or GP surgery is still open? Please cast your vote and, if you wish, leave a comment on this story or on the link on our Facebook page.