Parents urged to be safety heroes

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Parents are being encouraged to be safety heroes for Child Safety Week this week (June 24 to June 30).

The Child Accident Prevention Trust is encouraging people to take simple safety steps such as putting coffee cups out of reach of small hands, ensuring painkillers and cleaning products are stored safely and practising road safety with their children.

A guide has been produced to advise parents of young children how to treat minor injuries and illnesses.

Dr Judith Dawson, Urgent Care lead for NHS Nene Clinical Commissioning Group, which has produced the guide, said: “We would encourage every parent or guardian to make these small changes to become safety heroes.”

Intended to give quick and convenient advice and prevent unnecessary trips to the GP or the hospital’s accident and emergency department, the guide has advice on common illnesses, as well as information about what to do in the case of minor accidents.

It is available online and as a booklet, as well as being available in Russian, Polish, Portuguese and Lithuanian and with sound for people with visual impairment or learning difficulties to listen to the information.

The online booklet can be viewed at www.neneccg.nhs.uk/childhood.

A hard copy is also available at local GP surgeries or on request by contacting Kelly West by email at kellywest@nhs.net.