Health chiefs are urging people to consider whether an emergency department is the best treatment option, or if they could have visited a pharmacy or called NHS 111 for advice. In the last few weeks, patients have attended A&E departments for minor ailments, including: a cotton bud stuck in an ear, a blister, an insect bite and loose teeth. Tracy Dowling, chief officer of the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Clinical Commissioning Group, said: These latest figures highlight the increasing demand we are seeing on our A&E departments and the fact that many of the patients attending could actually have been treated elsewhere.It is crucial that people choose the right health service to ensure A&E is kept free for those who really need it. If you are unsure, then call NHS 111. A total of 309,414 patients attended an A&E in Cambridgeshire between April 2015 and April 2016. This was an increase of 10,000 on the previous year which equates to an additional 26 patients each day. The figures show: * one in three (111,012) patients were discharged with no further treatment required; * 8,876 patients left before being seen or refused to be treated; * one in five (68,075) were admitted to hospital: * one in eight (34,171) were children under the age of five - nearly half (15,136) of these were discharged with no further treatment required, whilst one in eight were admitted to hospital; * one in five (60,510) were patients aged over 65 - one in five (12,072) of these were discharged with no further treatment, whilst over half (31,836) of these were admitted. INFO: the figures cover A&E departments at Addenbrookes Hospital, Peterborough City Hospital, Hinchingbrooke Hospital, and the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Kings Lynn.