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"Choose Well" This Christmas

The NHS in Cheshire is urging local people to “Choose Well” over the Christmas and New Year period.

Mid Cheshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (MCHFT), NHS South Cheshire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and NHS Vale Royal Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), are coming together to ask local people to choose their health services wisely this winter.

Dr Andrew Wilson, Chair of South Cheshire CCG, said: “Choosing the right place to go for treatment will ensure that you get the right care, as soon as possible.

Dr Jonathan Griffiths, Chair of NHS Vale Royal CCG, continued: “As well as self-care, there are lots of NHS services available to help with a variety of illnesses and injuries including pharmacies, GP out-of-hours services and NHS 111. We would urge everyone to choose well and consider whether going to an A&E department is really necessary.”With the many NHS services that are available, it can be confusing to decide where the best place to be treated is. The below list will help you to “Choose Well” this Christmas and save A&E and emergency services for those who really need them. 

If you, a family member or friend do become unwell this Christmas you can “Choose Well” by considering:

 

Self-care

Self-care is the best choice to treat very minor illnesses, ailments and injuries. A range of common illnesses and complaints such as coughs, colds, sore throats, upset stomachs and aches and pains can be treated with a well-stocked medicine cabinet and plenty of rest.

 

NHS 111

The NHS 111 telephone service is a FREE call number that provides confidential health guidance and advice, 24 hours a day 365 days a year. Dial 111 it is ‘the smart call to make’

 

Pharmacy

Your local pharmacy can provide confidential, expert advice and treatment for a range of common illnesses and complaints, without having to wait for a GP appointment. Pharmacists are qualified to give advice on a range of conditions, are experts on medicines and can advise people on whether they need to call or visit another NHS service.

 

GP

If you have an illness or injury that won’t go away you can make an appointment with your GP. Your GP can provide a range of services by appointment and when absolutely essential can make home visits.

 

GP Out of Hours Service

GP Out of Hours Services are available on 01270 273 666 during the following times:

  • Monday to Thursday 18.30 to 08.00

  • Friday 18.30 to Monday 08.00

  • 24 hours on Bank Holidays

 

Minor Injury Unit

Minor Injury Units offers access to a range of treatment for minor injuries that cannot be treated by the above services including fractures, cuts requiring medical attention and burns. Your nearest Minor Injury Unit is: Victoria Infirmary, Northwich. Open daily 9:00 – 22:00 including the weekend and bank holidays. Tel: 01606 564000.

 

A&E or 999

Keep A&E for emergencies. A&E should only be used in a critical or life threatening situation. Dialling 999 and stating a medical emergency situation will result in a response vehicle being sent to your location.

 

Sue Talbot-Crosby, Emergency Department Matron at MCHFT, said: “We are asking local people to remember that A&E and 999 are emergency services that should only be used in critical or life threatening situations. Members of the public can help the NHS during the busy festive period by making sure they choose well and consider using other NHS services, such as their local pharmacist or calling NHS 111.”