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Keep happy and healthy this Bank Holiday

Keep happy and healthy this Bank Holiday

Make the right choice – "Choose Well"


With August Bank Holiday around the corner, here's a reminder of where to get help if you have a health problem over the long weekend.

Accident and emergency services can face more pressure during Bank Holidays because people choose to visit A&E departments when GP surgeries are closed – even if their problem is not a critical or life-threatening situation. This puts more pressure on A&E staff and costs the NHS at least £124 per visit – just for someone to be seen.


NHS Wirral Clinical Commissioning Group wants to remind local people that there are many options for people to choose from ranging from self care and expert, "over-the-counter" advice from pharmacists to Wirral's walk-in centres and minor injury units.


Dr Sue Wells, of NHS Wirral Clinical Commissioning Group, urged local people to consider all NHS options during the Bank Holiday weekend. "We need to preserve hard-pressed accident and emergency care services for people in a critical or life-threatening situation."


"With the right advice and information, many minor problems can be treated effectively at home using a well-stocked medicine cabinet," added Dr Wells, advising that paracetamol, bandages, plasters, painkillers and antiseptic, anti-diarrhoeal medicine, indigestion remedies and a thermometer would help most healthy adults deal with most minor illnesses and ailments.


"If you are a normally healthy adult, coughs, colds and stomach upsets such as sickness and diarrhoea are unpleasant but you will begin to recover after 48 hours. However, it is important to follow the instructions and telephone your GP surgery if your symptoms fail to improve after a couple of days," added Dr Wells.


Please, choose well this August Bank Holiday.

Self-Care


Many minor injuries and illnesses can be treated with a well-stocked medicine cabinet and/or advice from your local pharmacy or NHS 111 service. Visit your local pharmacy for advice and over-the-counter products and remedies such as a thermometer, plasters, painkillers, antiseptic and medicine to treat diarrhoea or indigestion.


Reduce your risk of spreading infections by catching coughs and sneezes in a tissue (dispose of it straight away) and washing your hands regularly with soap and warm water. If you do catch an infection, keep out of contact with others until 48 hours after the symptoms have stopped and get plenty of rest.

NHS Choices and NHS 111


If you need health advice or information about local health services, contact NHS 111 by dialling 111 or visit www.nhs.uk 


Pharmacy


For fast, effective expert advice, your pharmacist can help with common health problems and the best medicine to treat them. To find your local pharmacist, visit www.nhs.uk/chemist 

GP


GP services are available 24 hours a day including weekends and Bank Holidays. Your usual GP provides services from 8am to 6.30pm, Monday-Friday.


At all other times, for emergency GP Out of Hours services, call 0151 678 8496. The service is open 6.30pm–8am, 24-hours a day over weekends and Bank Holidays.

Walk-in Centres


For minor illnesses and injuries you can drop-in to one of Wirral's Walk-in Services to be seen by a nurse:

  • Victoria Central, Wallasey (with x-ray facilities) 8am–10pm every day
  • Eastham Walk-in Centre 2pm–10pm Monday to Friday and 9am–5pm weekends and Bank Holidays
  • Arrowe Park All-day Walk-in Centre 8am–10pm every day

Minor Injury Units

 

  • Birkenhead Medical Building 10am–8pm Monday to Thursday, 10am–6.30pm Friday and 10am–5pm weekends and Bank Holidays
  • Parkfield Medical Centre, New Ferry 10am–8pm Monday to Thursday and 10am–6.30pm Friday
  • Moreton Health Clinic 12pm–7pm Monday and Tuesday, 12pm–8pm Wednesday and Thursday and 10am–6pm Friday

Emergency dental services


If you have an urgent dental problem such as severe toothache, bleeding or trauma, Wirral Community Dental Service will be running Emergency Dental Service over the Bank Holiday weekend, 9.30 a.m. until 12 Noon by appointment only. You can access this service by calling the Wirral GP Out of Hours Service on Tel No. 0151 678 8496.

 

A&E/999


999 should only be used in a critical or life-threatening situation.


Health services from across Wirral, from your local GP and Minor Injury and Illness Units to your community services and hospitals are coming together to help people make the right decision for them.

 

Download further information regarding the NHS services available across Wirral.

Last Updated: Wednesday, 02 November 2016 15:00

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