NHS bosses in Northamptonshire are reminding people of the range of health services available during the half term break in a bid to lessen the pressure on hospitals.
A spokesman for the NHS said 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.
She added: “It’s vital to make sure you choose the most appropriate NHS service so additional pressure is not put on our busy hospitals, so here are our top tips for a healthy half term:
“First, where possible, self-care and remember you can always seek advice from NHS Direct which operates 24 hours a day, seven days a week on 0845 46 47, or alternatively you can visit NHS Choices at www.nhs.co.uk.
“Don’t forget you can also speak to your local pharmacist, who can provide confidential, expert advice and treatment for a range of common illnesses and complaints.
“Injuries that give more cause for concern such as sprains, strains, minor burns and wounds can be treated at Corby Urgent Care Centre (Corby Minor Injuries Unit moved into the Centre on 6 February) - open from 8am to 8pm, every day of the year. It is located on the Willowbrook Health Complex in Cottingham Road.
“The centre can also help with urgent medical conditions that can’t wait to see a GP – for example children with high temperatures; people with breathing problems; bladder and other painful infections; abdominal pain; severe headaches; worrying worsening of a long term condition.”
Anyone requiring a doctor outside of normal opening hours can phone Northamptonshire GP Out of Hours Service on 03336 664 664.
The service is available from 6.30pm to 8am and 24 hours a day on weekends and bank holidays.