Alternatives to A&E this winter
There are lots of alternatives to staying well this winter in Worcestershire
NHS 111 – is the NHS non-emergency number. If you, a friend or loved one need urgent but non-life threatening support and advise the service is right for you. NHS 111 is available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Calls are free from landlines and mobile phones. www.nhs.uk
Pharmacy – Pharmacists are trained to help people treat themselves for many common conditions, such as colds, flu, stomach bugs and aches and pains, which can be especially prevalent when the temperature drops. Most minor conditions can be treated at home, and your local pharmacist can provide you with advice and support to help you get back on your feet as soon as possible. www.worcestershire.nhs.uk/pharmacy
- GP Services – This year GP appointments are available over the New Year period. In Worcestershire a GP home-visiting service is available throughout the weekend and New Year period.
- MIUs – Minor injuries units offer fast, expert care for people whose injuries aren’t serious enough for the Accident and Emergency (A&E) department. You should visit MIU if you need treatment for things like cuts, grazes, minor wounds, sprains, strains, minor burns and some broken bones. http://www.hacw.nhs.uk/our-services/minor-injuries-units/
Remember only use A&E for emergencies only and stay well this winter in Worcestershire.