Look after yourself is the advice as winter kicks in - The Evesham Observer

Look after yourself is the advice as winter kicks in

Evesham Editorial 9th Jan, 2020   0

HEALTH chiefs are urging people to know their health service options to avoid spending long hours at Accident & Emergency for minor ailments.

They say patients can also contact their own GP during surgery hours, visit their local pharmacist, dial 111 for medical advice and make use of the local Minor Injuries Units.

Mari Gay, the managing director of the local doctor-led Clinical Commissioning Group said: “There’s a wide range of health services available to people across Worcestershire and it’s important that people know what these are and how they can be accessed.

“Many minor health problems and complaints such as muscular, minor sports injuries can be solved with self-care.

“Support to manage these conditions can be given by a local pharmacist and if it’s an on-going problem then a GP can advise.

“It’s also important to be prepared if the weather does turn particularly cold, making plans now could help you stay warm and well during any bad weather.”

Some of the best ways to keep warm are:

  • Having hot meals and drinks regularly

  • Staying active and moving around

  • Keeping your house warm, at least 18c

  • Wearing lots of thin layers to trap heat

The plea comes as hospital emergency departments both in Redditch and Worcester continue to be extremely busy, so patients are urged to remember that A&E is for serious and life-threatening emergencies only. Besides self-care, people can visit their local pharmacy, call NHS 111, call their local GP, or visit their nearest

Visit www.worcestershire.nhs.uk/winter/minor-injury-units/

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