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Local hospital urges people to use health services wisely this Easter break

Senior doctors at local hospitals are urging people to choose their health services wisely throughout Easter.

From Friday 30 March to 3 April, many GP surgeries and pharmacies will be running reduced opening times, with a select few remaining open during this period. Medical and clinical staff at the Trust are asking local people to collect any repeat prescriptions they need ahead of time, ensuring a safe and healthy break.

Here are some tips to help you choose health services wisely:

Self-care – A lot of illnesses or symptoms can be treated in your home by using a well-stocked medicine cabinet and by getting plenty of rest.

NHS 111 – This 24 hour, seven day service offers confidential health advice and information over the phone. To access the NHS 111 service text-phone, call 18001 111.

Pharmacist (chemist) – Your local pharmacist is a highly trained healthcare professional who can give you advice on common illnesses and the medicines you need to treat them. Most now have a quiet area away from other customers where you can speak to the pharmacist more privately.

GP – Your own GP is the best person to speak to about persistent health problems and illnesses that won’t go away. These include persistent coughs, joint pain and long term symptoms that haven’t suddenly deteriorated to a point where you are extremely unwell.

Minor Injuries Units – They can treat minor illnesses and injuries and give you health advice. Most are open from early in the morning until late at night. You do not need an appointment, and you will be seen by an experienced nurse or a GP.
If you need medical treatment or advice which does not need a visit to an Emergency Department (A&E) or a medical appointment. Choosing Well ensures you receive the best possible treatment, leaving emergency services to those who need them most.

Emergency Department or 999 – Hospital emergency departments provide immediate emergency care for people who show the symptoms of serious illness or are badly injured. If you call 999 for an ambulance the telephone advisor will arrange appropriate assistance for the patient based on information about the illness or injury.