Residents unsure where to go for medical treatment over Christmas are being offered advice from local health chiefs.
With most GP practices closed, some people might think that A&E is the only option for medical help over the Christmas holidays. But Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Clinical Commissioning group are reminding residents that A&E should only be used for emergencies and life-threatening conditions - and there’s a range of alternative services available:
Coughs, colds, hangovers, headaches, vomiting and diarrhoea can all be treated at home. A few medicines kept at home, just in case, is the best course of action. Make sure medication is in date and the correct dosage taken.
For help or advice on medical problems or with finding a local health service, call NHS 111. Just dial 111 free and get connected to a team of fully trained call advisers, who are supported by experienced nurses and paramedics.
Skin allergies, skin conditions, aches, pains, emergency contraception and medicine advice are all conditions a pharmacist can help with.
Dr Neil Modha, Chief Clinical Officer at Cambridgeshire and Peterborough CCG, said, “Christmas holidays are busy times for NHS services, but there are little things you can do to help us, and help yourself.
“Make sure your medicine supplies are stocked up with essentials that can help with minor illness and ailments such as colds, headaches and diarrhoea.
“You might also want to check your local pharmacy’s opening times over Christmas. The pharmacist can provide advice on self-care and you can purchase basic medication for babies and children, medicine for pain relief, coughs and colds help, along with contraception and other medication for minor health problems.
“If you feel unwell but don’t think it’s life-threatening, a call to NHS 111 could be all that is needed. They can offer advice or direct you to the correct service for your injury or illness. Choosing an alternative service enables us to free up A&E for those who truly need it.”