19th November 2019

Some health conditions such as sprains, colds and coughs can be treated at home or with advice from a pharmacist without a trip to the GP or A&E.   Using the right health service for your health needs will save you time and help take pressure off the NHS.

Before visiting A&E, consider whether there is a service better suited to your health needs. Think about using information on the NHS website, calling NHS 111 or visiting your pharmacy for health advice. Don’t spend hours and hours waiting in A&E for something you may be able to treat at home or with help from the pharmacist.

A&E is for serious, life-threatening conditions such as severe bleeding, heart attacks, badly broken bones whilst urgent care and walk-in centres can help you with non-serious injuries such as cuts, sprains, broken bones, scalds and minor eye injuries.”

A CCG spokesperson tells us how to get the best from our GP “make an appointment if you have an illness or injury that will not go away such as persistent vomiting, ear pain, stomach ache or back ache.  It is vital to remember also that self care is not no care and if you feel like you need to see your GP then make an appointment.”

Your local pharmacist can help with all sorts of health care advice and treatment without an appointment, as well as minor, short term conditions we can also help with services such as stop smoking, weight management and sexual health.  If we feel you need it, we can also signpost you to another NHS service.  We are here to help. ”

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