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Your guide to Choose well this winter. Choose well this winter. A national NHS information and education campaign Advice and guidance on common winter complaints The most convenient and effective care for you and your family Help the NHS. Why is this important to NHS?.

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Your guide to choose well this winter

Your guide to Choose wellthis winter


Choose well this winter

Choose well this winter

A national NHS information and education campaign

Advice and guidance on common winter complaints

The most convenient and effective care for you and your family

Help the NHS


Why is this important to nhs

Why is this important to NHS?

Impact of cold weather on vulnerable people

Free up time of nurses and doctors

Reduce pressure on already busy A&E, emergency and 999 teams

Reduce pressure on GP and other teams who support vulnerable people


Why is this important to you

Why is this important to you?

  • Convenience:

  • get the right treatment first time

  • reduce waiting

  • information and advice 24 hours a day, seven days a week

  • Cost:

  • some basic low cost essentials for your medicine cabinet

  • Access to emergency services when you need them:

  • less delays

  • NHS teams have more time


Most common winter complaints

Most common winter complaints

  • Coughs and colds

  • Sore throats

  • Flu

  • Norovirus

  • General aches and pains


So which service when

So which service when?

Self Care

On-line and NHS Direct

High Street Pharmacy

Your GP Practice

Urgent Care Centre, Walk-in-Centre,

Minor Injuries Unit

A&E, Emergency Department, 999


So which service when1

So which service when?

Self Care

  • Best option for common complaints such as:

  • Coughs, colds, sore-throats

  • Upset stomachs

  • General aches and pains

  • Flu

  • Why?

  • Cost and convenience

  • Will get better themselves without medical help

  • Can’t be treated with anti-biotics

  • Information and advice

  • NHS Winter Health leaflet

  • NHS Choices www.nhs.uk


So which service when2

So which service when?

NHS Choices and NHS Direct

  • Best option for:

  • Checking symptoms (not just common winter complaints)

  • Advice on self-care options

  • Local service finder

  • How long symptoms will last

  • Interactive First Aid guide

  • Why?

  • Access 24 hours a day, seven days a week

  • Expert advice and information

  • NHS Direct 0845 46 47

  • NHS Choices www.nhs.uk


So which service when3

So which service when?

High Street Pharmacy

  • Best option for:

  • Face-to-face advice and information

  • Common winter health complaints

  • Advice and support for on-going health complaints

  • Healthy Living services

  • Why?

  • Local high street expert

  • Convenience

  • No appointment needed

  • Private consultation rooms available

  • Text ‘pharmacy’ to 64746 to receive three free texts with details of your nearest pharmacies

  • www.nhs.uk – service finder


So which service when4

So which service when?

Your GP Practice

  • Best option for:

  • An illness or injury that won’t go away or is getting worse

  • Concerns about mental health and sexual health

  • Help with health life-style e.g. smoking cessation, weight-loss

  • An out-of-hours service at weekends and evenings

  • Why?

  • Experts on a range of health conditions

  • Access to other local NHS services an prescriptions if needed

  • On-going treatment and support for long term conditions

  • Not registered with a GP?

  • Go to NHS Choices www.nhs.uk – and use the service finder to find your nearest GP practice or text ‘Doctor’ to 64746


So which service when5

So which service when?

Urgent Care Centre, Walk-in-Centre,

Minor Injuries Unit

Best option for:

Something that needs urgent attention but isn’t a life-threatening emergency e.g

infections, rashes, fractures and lacerations, emergency contraception and advice, stomach upsets, cuts, bruises, burns and strains

  • Why?

  • Open seven days a week, although opening hours vary

  • No appointment needed

  • Access to services such as X-Rays and stitches

  • Can prescribe and refer you to other services if needed

  • Go to NHS Choices www.nhs.uk – and use the service finder to find your service or text ‘Walk’ to 64746


So which service when6

So which service when?

A&E, Emergency Department, 999

  • Best option for:

  • Life-threatening and serious emergencies, such as:

  • serious accidents

  • serious burns

  • breathing problems

  • heart-attacks

  • strokes

  • Why?

  • No appointment needed but may wait for up to four hours

  • Access to trauma and major trauma services

  • Can prescribe and refer you to other services if needed


Your local services

Self Care

On-line and NHS Direct

High Street Pharmacy

Your GP Practice

Urgent Care Centre, Walk-in-Centre,

Minor Injuries Unit

A&E, Emergency Department, 999

Your Local Services

[Use this slide to highlight specific local services – delete bands if appropriate]


Some medicine cabinet essentials for this winter

Some medicine cabinet essentials for this winter

  • Honey and lemon – for sore throats and coughs

  • Paracetamol and ibuprofen – pain-relief and to bring down temperature

  • Thermometer – normal temperature for an adult is 37 degrees Celsius; a fever in an adult is 38 degrees and above and children over five 37.5 degrees

  • Re-hydration mixtures and indigestion remedies – to help with an upset stomach

Important

ALWAYS read instructions for any medicine

NEVER take more than the recommended dose

TALK to your high-street pharmacist if you need advice

CALL your GP if symptoms suddenly get worse or condition suddenly deteriorates

Remember antibiotics will not cure a cold, flu or upset stomach


Prevention is better than cure

Prevention is better than cure!

  • Good respiratory and hand hygiene prevents the spread of germs

  • Clean hard surfaces

  • Restrict visits to vulnerable friends, neighbours and relatives until you have been symptom free for at least three days

  • Have the flu jab if you are a carer or in an at risk groups


Other advice and support

Other advice and support

  • www.nhs.uk/servicedirectories

  • Are you a carer? www.rallyroundme.com


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