Choose the right health service in cold weather

NHS bosses are urging people to choose the right health services during the cold weather.
NHS bosses are urging people to choose the right health services during the cold weather.

NHS bosses are once again asking people to carefully choose which health services they access as the cold snap continues.

A spokesman for the NHS Nene Clinical Commissioning Group said with more snow forecast later this week, it is important for people to use the correct service if they become unwell.

She added: “Patients should seek alternative methods of treatment after an injury or if feeling poorly, instead of going straight to accident and emergency departments.

“Other options include self-care, having a well stocked medicine cabinet is particularly important during cold weather, as colds and flu can be easily treated at home with plenty of rest.

“Your local pharmacist will also be able to give you confidential advice about a range of common illnesses without having to wait for an appointment at your GP.

“Your GP can help if you have an illness or injury that won’t go away. Simply book an appointment. If it’s an emergency and you need care after hours, call your GP surgery and listen to the message which will let you know what to do.”

The spokesman said there are also a number of walk-in centres and minor injury units where people can receive treatment without having to book an appointment.

She added: “It is also important to keep warm during these colder spells. Heat your home at 21C during the day and 18C during night-time, and wrap up warm when outside. If it snows, make sure you wear shoes or boots with a good grip to avoid slipping.”

For more information about treatment and services in your area, visit www.neneccg.nhs.uk.