Health advice for the summer holidays

Emergency Nurse Haley Strachan, lead nurse in minor injuries Marisa Shrimpling and healthcare assistant Val Hammond pictured outside the Minor Injuries Unit of Willowbrook Health Centre in Corby.
Emergency Nurse Haley Strachan, lead nurse in minor injuries Marisa Shrimpling and healthcare assistant Val Hammond pictured outside the Minor Injuries Unit of Willowbrook Health Centre in Corby.
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With schools breaking up for summer holidays NHS Milton Keynes and Northamptonshire is reminding families of the health services available in the county.

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.

So health bosses are urging county residents to make sure they choose the most appropriate NHS service to ensure your family receives quick and convenient treatment.

Here are some of their tips for the summer holidays, including using self care where possible and remembering you can always seek advice from NHS Direct which operates 24 hours a day, seven days a week on 0845 4647 or you can visit NHS Choices at www.nhs.uk.

You can speak to your local pharmacist, who can provide confidential, expert advice and treatment for a range of common illnesses and complaints.

For any injuries which give more cause for concern such as sprains, strains, minor burns and wounds, these can be treated at Corby Minor Injuries Unit which is open 8am to 6pm Monday to Friday and 9am to 6pm on weekends and Bank Holidays.

You can also go to Northampton’s Minor Emergency Unit which offers the same services as the Corby Minor Injuries Unit, plus treatment for minor illnesses like stomach upsets and ear infections.

The unit is next door to Northampton General Hospital’s A&E department and has the same opening hours as A&E.

People can also see a doctor or nurse every day between 8am and 8pm at the Lakeside Plus Walk-in Centre in Corby, which is the same site as the Minor Injury Unit.

In an emergency or if you need care after hours, call the Northamptonshire Out of Hours Service on 03336 664 664. The service is available from 6.30pm to 8am on weekdays and 24 hours a day at weekends.

Despite the recent bad weather, health bosses are also encouraging people to wear a hat and light, loose-fitting clothes and drink regularly if it is sunny and use sunscreen with a SPF of at least 15.

And it is hoped people will only use Accident & Emergency (A&E) for the most urgent care such as serious accidents or medical emergencies.

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 from minor injury units, GP practices, pharmacies and through self care leaving A&E free for the most serious cases.”

For more information on the range of options available, go to the Choose Well website at www.northamptonshire.nhs.uk/choosewell.