Choose well this summer

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Now the schools have broken up for their summer holidays, the NHS is reminding families of the appropriate places to go to if they should need medical attention.

Many families think that the most convenient and quickest place to receive treatment when their children are off school is A&E, when in fact there are more convenient places closer to home.

Cuts, bruises, bumps and grazes are some of the most common occurrences when children are off school, most of which can be treated by self-care.

Dr Judith Dawson, Urgent Care Lead of NHS Nene Clinical Commissioning Group, said: “We want to help families stay healthy and enjoy their summer holidays.

“If you do get ill or sustain an injury you can get quick and convenient treatment through self care or from GP practices and pharmacies, leaving A&E free for the most serious cases.”

Dr Peter Wilczynski, the chairman of NHS Corby Clinical Commissioning Group, said: “In Corby we have the Urgent Care Centre available between 8am-8pm.

“The centre is not a replacement for your GP in treating day-to-day health concerns, or the accident and emergency department for life-threatening illnesses and injuries. It provides an alternative option when you need medical treatment fast.”

For more information on the range of options available, go to www.corbyccg.nhs.uk/choosewell or www.neneccg.nhs.uk/choosewell

Services that are available include:

Self care

This is the best choice to treat very minor illnesses, ailments and injuries. A range of common illnesses such as colds, flu and stomach upsets can be treated with over-the-counter remedies and plenty of rest. To check your symptoms visit www.nhs.uk

Pharmacy

Your local pharmacist can provide confidential, expert advice and treatment for a range of common illnesses and complaints, saving you having to wait for a GP appointment or having to go to A&E.

GP Out of Hours

If it’s a non life threatening emergency and you need care after hours, call the GP Out of Hours Service on 111.

Urgent Care Centre/Minor Emergencies

These services are for the assessment and treatment of conditions which you think cannot wait for a GP appointment at your own practice, and require urgent and necessary attention.

Corby Urgent Care Centre is open 8am-8pm every day of the year. Willowbrook Health Complex, Cottingham Road, NN17 2UR.