WITH the winter illness season fully underway people in West Sussex are being urged to choose the right NHS service for them.
The NHS say choosing the right service helps people to get treated more quickly, reduces the risk of spreading illnesses more widely and eases pressure on NHS services which are working to support rising numbers of people with flu and stomach bugs.
Dr Nick Kendall, Specialist in Public Health at NHS West Sussex, said: “There are lots of different ways people can access a wide range of NHS services and make sure they get the treatment they need, when they need it, at a place that is convenient for them.
“For example, minor ailments such as upset stomachs, headaches and coughs can all be treated at home with a well-stocked medicine cabinet and plenty of rest.
“It is important to remember that you can also get expert advice from your local pharmacy.”
Key advice and information:
Minor illnesses, for example, stomach upsets, headaches, sore throats and coughs can all be treated at home by getting plenty of rest and making sure you are well stocked with a variety of basic medicines.
Ask your local pharmacy for advice on what you should keep to hand.
Your local pharmacy can also provide expert health advice on a variety of minor ailments.
You can go online to www.nhsdirect.nhs.uk or call NHS Direct on tel 0845 4647.
NHS Direct is open 24 hours a day and can give you help and advice, as well as opening times for all out-of-hours NHS services and local pharmacies.
Your local GP surgery is the place to go for general medical advice, examinations and prescriptions for illnesses you just cannot shake off.
You can visit the local walk-in Minor Injuries Units at Bognor Regis War Memorial Hospital (9am-5pm Monday to Friday, not Bank Holidays), Horsham Hospital (9am-5pm Monday to Friday, not Bank Holidays), Queen Victoria Hospital in East Grinstead (8am-10pm every day), and Zachary Merton Hospital in Rustington (9am-4.30pm Monday to Friday, not Bank Holidays), and the Urgent Treatment Centre at Crawley Hospital (24 hours). You do not need an appointment, you can walk in or get help over the telephone
Call 999 for emergencies such as loss of consciousness, bad chest pain, serious accidents or loss of a lot of blood. If you or someone else suddenly gets very ill or has a serious accident you can go to your nearest Accident & Emergency Department