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Yellow statues, designed to make people think about how they use Accident and Emergency services, have begun a tour across north London.
The figures each represent a different injury or illness - and are displayed alongside information on the best NHS services for treating that problem.
Doctors say many people wait for hours in A&E when they could have got quicker treatment closer to home.
On Monday, huge yellow figures depicting different types of injuries will be on display in Spitalfields, to promote better use of A&E by the public. Latest official statistics show that Monday mornings are the busiest days for A&E departments.
It's also been estimated that up to 40% of people use A&E who do not need to.
The statues will then be popping up across east London to spread the message about better use of A&E as part of the NHS yellow and black ‘Not Always A&E’ campaign which started with a billboard campaign in December.
The campaign is backed up by a website that directs people to local resources.
Every year, hundreds of thousands of people wait for hours in A&E when they could have got quicker and more appropriate treatment closer to home.
Around 8% of all A&E visits could have been treated at a local pharmacy, and about 40% of visits to A&E end up with the patient just receiving advice or guidance rather than actual treatment. It has been estimated that unnecessary A&E attendances cost up to £100 million a year in England.
Provisional times and places to see the yellow men:
· Monday 28 January – 1pm-6pm – Bishop’s Square Spitalfields
· Tuesday 29 January – 10am-6pm – Stratford Centre - outside Stratford station
· Wednesday 30 January – 10am-6pm – High Street/Hoe Street - Walthamstow
· Thursday 31 January – 10am-6pm – TBC
· Friday 01 February – 10am-6pm Hackney Service Centre
· Tuesday 05 February – 10-6pm – Brewery shopping centre (outside TKMaxx), Romford
· Wednesday 06 February – 10-6pm – Barking high street
· Thursday 07 February – 10-6pm – The Exchange Ilford OR Ilford high street
· Friday 08 February – 11-6pm – Whitechapel Market