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.
|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.