Residents in Cambridgeshire are being reminded to find the right health service for their illness or injury this winter.
Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), who commission health services in the area, are asking local residents to familiarise themselves with the range of local health services and which illnesses and injuries they can treat.
- Pharmacies can help with bugs and viruses, skin conditions, allergies, pregnancy testing and help with stopping smoking.
- GPs can help with back ache, ear aches, painful coughs, mental health conditions and any illness or injury that won’t go away.
- Walk-in centre or minor illness or injury unit – these can help with minor burns and scalds, bites and stings, strains and sprains and minor eye or ear problems.
If you don’t know which service you need to choose, dial NHS 111 and they will help. You can call NHS 111 free from any phone 24/7. Call 111 when it’s less urgent than 999.
Dr Emma Tiffin, Cambridge GP said, “Local patients are encouraged to Choose Well when they are ill or injured to ensure the right treatment can be given quicker to those in need of urgent care.
Dr Tiffin added “Winter always brings more coughs, colds and flu so it’s a good idea to be prepared and to make sure you have a supply of remedies at home to help care for you and your family over the colder months.”
Remember if somebody is unwell and you are not sure as to the best course of action, it is often best to call first for advice.
For more information please visit www.choosewellcambs.nhs.uk