Make sure you Choose well

1 December 2011

The number of people attending A&E is growing yearly in Cambridgeshire.

 

Last year over 130,000 people attended A&E, at an average cost of £125 per visit. Over a third of these people left without having any treatment or needing follow-up treatment.


By choosing an alternative to A&E for minor injuries or illnesses you will allow A&E staff to look after people with serious or life-threatening conditions.

 

You can get convenient, expert, confidential advice and treatment for a wide range of common complaints from your high street pharmacy without having to wait for a GP appointment, or go to A&E.

 

Make sure you are prepared in case of illness, A range of common illnesses and injuries can be treated at home simply by combining a well-stocked medicine cabinet with plenty of rest. 

 

If you become unwell or are injured make sure you choose the right NHS service so that you get the best treatment.

 

Choose Well thermometer

 

Self-care    treating minor illnesses or injuries themselves
Calling NHS Direct    for round the clock health queries and information about local services
Local pharmacist advice for treating common winter illnesses and the best medicines to use
Visiting their GP for medical advice, examinations or an illness or injury that require prescriptions
NHS walk-in centre for treating minor illnesses and injuries that do not require an A&E visit and without needing an appointment
A&E or dialling 999 for serious illness or injuries considered to be critical or life threatening

 

You can also go to www.nhs.uk to check symptoms, find local services, get health information and for health news.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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