Pick up a copy of the new health care guide

Hamilton Advertiser - - NEIGHBOURHOOD NEWS - Staff re­porter

The lat­est La­nark­shire health­care guide is avail­able in a range of health fa­cil­i­ties in­clud­ing com­mu­nity health cen­tres and hos­pi­tals.

‘Meet Your Health­care Ex­perts’details the range of ser­vices that lo­cal health­care pro­fes­sion­als such as phar­ma­cists, phys­io­ther­a­pists, op­ti­cians and GPS across La­nark­shire can pro­vide.

It pro­vides in­for­ma­tion to en­able peo­ple to go di­rectly to the right health­care pro­fes­sional for the help they need with­out hav­ing to see their GP first.

Dr Iain Wal­lace, med­i­cal di­rec­tor for NHS La­nark­shire said:“we’ve based the in­for­ma­tion in this book­let on some of the com­mon types of ill­ness and in­jury that we see in our A&E de­part­ments and our GP surg­eries that can be treated else­where. By fol­low­ing the ad­vice in this guide, pa­tients can go to the right health­care pro­fes­sional first time and by do­ing so avoid wait­ing for a GP ap­point­ment or be­ing seen in A&E.

“It also pro­vides in­for­ma­tion and ad­vice on self-care, which is of­ten the quick­est and eas­i­est route to feel­ing bet­ter when you’re ill, as well as details on how to ac­cess na­tional ser­vices like NHS In­form and NHS24. The guide is part of our wider‘meet the Ex­perts’cam­paign which aims to raise aware­ness of the range and level of health­care ex­per­tise avail­able to com­mu­ni­ties across La­nark­shire.

“We want to en­sure that GPS see pa­tients only where a GP can help and I would en­cour­age ev­ery­one to con­sider us­ing the other op­tions avail­able when ap­pro­pri­ate in­clud­ing health ad­vice from lo­cal phar­ma­cies and NHS In­form.”

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