The NHS are trying to educate the public as to which services should be used for treatment as more and more people are visiting A&E and using the Out of hours service when it is not necessary.
The Choose Well campaign aims to help you manage and treat common problems that occur, by providing you with the tools and information you need to make the right choice about your health.
Did you know that common complaints such as coughs and colds, stomach upsets, sprains and strains, sunburn, insect bites and allergies can be treated at home or by your local pharmacist?
Choosing the right treatment and services will help you avoid unnecessary visits to your GP and Out of hours service or lengthy trips to A&E. Remember A&E, emergency and 999 services, are for serious and life-threatening conditions and injuries only.
NHS self care survey
Each year there are 51 million GP appointments for common complaints, such as colds, sore throats, upset stomachs and general aches and pains – conditions that could be self-treated and would begin to improve by themselves after a few days. In addition, around two million people go to an A&E or emergency department, who don’t need to.
More people with complex health needs and long term conditions such as diabetes, cancer and heart-conditions are living longer - around 15 million in England. In order to make sure it can continue to provide prompt care for people with these conditions, the NHS needs to be able to focus resources on these potentially vulnerable people. take a look at these useful links to stay healthy this winter and make the right choice to get help:-
Chorley & South Ribble "choose Well" Information here
5 ways to stay healthy
Stay Well this winter