Get the right treatment this bank holiday
Healthcare options out of hours
People are urged to plan ahead to care for their health and their family’s wellbeing this bank holiday.
To help people choose the most suitable services to get advice and treatment as quickly as possible, the NHS is continuing to run a campaign called Choose Well.
NHS Hounslow and London Borough of Hounslow’s, Joint Director of Public Health Dr Mike Robinson said: “The Choose well campaign is designed to help people decide if you need medical attention. It explains what each NHS service does, and when it should be used, for this bank holiday and equally at other times.”
Mike added “We know a lot of people go to A&E with problems that aren’t life threatening – often it’s because people aren’t sure where the best place to go or that other services are closed. The Choose Well campaign aims to raise awareness of the range of services available, particularly when they need help urgently, so that people can judge the best place to get help for symptoms and illnesses. The local emergency department or A&E should be used by patients who have a serious illness or have had a life threatening accident.”
Using a colour coded thermometer as its logo, the Choose well campaign aims to reduce the burden on all in-demand NHS services by helping people to associate the severity of their symptoms with a particular NHS service. People who need healthcare this bank holiday weekend should instead consider one of the following options depending on their symptoms:
A guide services and Choose Well can be downloaded here http://www.hounslowpct.nhs.uk/documents/YourGuidetoLocalservices2010.pdf
August 27, 2010