Ahead of this year’s May Day Bank Holiday weekend, the CCG is encouraging people looking to make the most of their time off, by doing DIY, gardening or enjoying a day out, to Choose Better and use the right option should they suffer a minor illness or injury such as a bruise, sprain, minor wound or fracture.
We want to make sure everyone knows the best place to go in order to get the most suitable treatment as quickly as possible and leave A&E free for those who need it most.
Professor Mayur Lakhani, a GP and chair of West Leicestershire CCG, said: “Bank Holiday weekends are always a busy time for the NHS. People often take advantage of the long weekend to participate in a range of sporting activities or catch up on jobs around the home by carrying out DIY or gardening, which can lead to injury. We want people to take extra care, but also to know where to go to get the right treatment at the right time, as quickly as possible, if they get hurt.”
- Self care – By keeping a well-stocked medicine cabinet and first aid box, you can look after coughs, colds, stomach upsets, sore throats and headaches at home.
- Pharmacy – Visit your local pharmacist (chemist) to get professional and confidential health advice on a range of common illnesses and complaints such as coughs, colds, sore throats, ear and toothaches and emergency contraception.
- NHS 111 – Call 111 for fast, reliable medical help and advice for anything that is not a life-threatening emergency. If you think you need to go to A&E but you’re not sure, call 111 first and talk to a fully trained adviser supported by experienced nurses and paramedics.
- Urgent care centre, walk-in centre or minor injury unit – These offer access to a range of treatments for minor illnesses and injuries including, lacerations, stomach upsets, burns and strains that cannot wait until your GP surgery opens.
- A&E – This should only be used in an emergency, such as a critical or life-threatening situation. Before you go, ask yourself is it a real emergency?
For more information and advice on where to go for medical help in West Leicestershire visit www.choosebetter.org.uk