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HOW YOU CAN HELP THE NHS THIS WINTER

Wed 29 Nov 2017

It could be the toughest winter yet, so the people of Staffordshire are urged to get the best out of their local NHS services, to Stay Well This Winter

Here’s what you can do:

  • Make your pharmacy the first choice for help and advice – many pharmacies are open long hours including evenings and weekends and can help you deal with many conditions, such as if you have a cold, a sprain or strain, if you have small cuts and bruises, have indigestion, heartburn or diarrhoea. You don’t need an appointment to speak with the pharmacist.
  • Get online or on the ‘phone for urgent medical advice – Visit NHS 111 Online for help and advice. If you feel unwell or care for someone who is unwell, and you don’t know what to do, visit NHS 111 Online or call NHS 111.  The 111 services never close, it’s open 24/7 – https://www.nhs.uk/NHSEngland/AboutNHSservices/Emergencyandurgentcareservices/Pages/NHS-111.aspx 
  • Don’t leave it too long – please don’t let your medical condition get out of hand; the best thing to do is to get checked out. If you look after someone else, encourage them to seek advice. Contact NHS 111 or visit the pharmacy for advice – if you need to make a GP appointment they’ll let you know.

If you are one of the many people who may have to use health and care services this winter including A&E or who may have had elective surgery cancelled etc., we’d like to know what it was like.

One of the most important things you can do to help us raise awareness is to share your story. It's the quickest way to get someone to go from thinking, "that will never happen to me" to starting to think "that could be me". You can call us on 0800 051 8371, email enquiries@healthwatchstaffordshire.co.uk or leave a review on http://x2.healthwatchstaffordshire.co.uk/