HEALTH MAT­TERS

Macclesfield Express - - FRONT PAGE -

DR JU­LIA HUDDART, CLIN­I­CAL LEAD FOR UR­GENT CARE AT NHS EASTERN CHESHIRE CCG

THE NHS is a huge or­gan­i­sa­tion with many de­part­ments, each hav­ing a key role to play in look­ing af­ter us when we’re sick.

There are many NHS ser­vices on your doorstep, and know­ing which one to choose when you’re in need en­sures you re­ceive the most ap­pro­pri­ate care straight away.

Although it’s great to have so many ser­vices to choose from, it can some­times make things con­fus­ing when you’re de­cid­ing which one is best for you.

It is im­por­tant that we know where to go for treat­ment, es­pe­cially in win­ter, when pa­tient de­mand for health­care in­creases and it be­comes more cru­cial than ever that we don’t use ur­gent or emer­gency care, or the GP prac­tice, un­less it’s ab­so­lutely es­sen­tial.

Here are some top tips to help you choose the right care at the right time to help you get bet­ter quickly:

For mi­nor ill­nesses and in­juries, such as colds, sore throats and tickly coughs, self-care is best.

The best way you can prac­tise self-care is by hav­ing a well-stocked medicine cabi­net pre­pared for if you fall ill.

You can con­tact your lo­cal phar­ma­cist for fast, ef­fec­tive, ex­pert ad­vice on health prob­lems such as an upset tummy, runny nose or a headache.

Your GP prac­tice is best for prob­lems that just won’t go away, for ex­am­ple a cold that has lasted over 10 days or a sore throat you’ve had for longer than a week.

If you’re un­sure, con­fused or need ad­vice, you should use the NHS web­site at www.nhs.uk or con­tact NHS 111.

They can give you med­i­cal ad­vice and di­rect you to the most ap­pro­pri­ate ser­vice, which may be the GP Out-Of-Hours ser­vice at Mac­cles­field Hos­pi­tal.

A mi­nor in­jury and ill­ness ser­vice is best for cuts, strains and sprains.

You can find your near­est ur­gent care cen­tre by vis­it­ing nhs.uk and click­ing ‘find other ur­gent care ser­vices.’

You should only call 999 or visit A&E at Mac­cles­field District Gen­eral Hos­pi­tal in life-threat­en­ing emer­gen­cies such as strokes, se­vere bleed­ing or breath­ing dif­fi­cul­ties.

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