People across Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland are being encouraged to choose the right health service if they or a member of their family feels unwell this bank holiday weekend.
Easter is a time of year when many people take the opportunity to tackle a range of projects in the house and garden and, as part of the Choose Better campaign, Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) are urging families to take extra care when carrying out DIY; to keep a well-stocked medicine cabinet at home so they can deal with any minor injuries and illnesses that occur, or to visit their local pharmacist for advice about the right treatment.
Professor Mayur Lakhani, a GP and West Leicestershire CCG chair, said: “It is important that people know where to go if they hurt themselves or are feeling unwell. Many minor illnesses such as colds, flu and an upset stomach can be treated at home with rest and plenty of fluids, which is why it is important that people keep a well-stocked medicine cabinet. Pharmacists are a great source of professional health advice for a range of common illnesses and complaints.
“Minor illness and injury treatment is also available from urgent care centres, which can treat minor burns, cuts and wounds, infections and rashes, as well as stomach ache, vomiting and diarrhoea, and health advice is also available by calling NHS 111 24 hours a day.”
As part of the Choose Better campaign people are also being asked to stay away from A&E, which is for life-threatening accidents and emergencies only. By choosing self care or using one of the other services available, people will be able to get the right treatment at the right time and allow medical staff in A&E to concentrate on treating patients who are seriously ill or injured.
For more information on Choose Better, including information on where to go locally, visit www.choosebetter.org.uk