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Choose the right service over half term

People in Nottingham City looking to enjoy February half term with their families are being encouraged to choose the right NHS service if they suffer a minor illness or injury.

NHS Nottingham City Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) wants to make sure that people know the best place to go in order to get the most suitable treatment if they encounter a cold or flu, bruise, sprain, minor wound or fracture.

Choosing the right service will ensure patients receive the best possible treatment, while freeing up busy NHS services to help the people who need them most.

Hugh Porter, Clinical Chair for NHS Nottingham City CCG, said: “A&E departments are often seen as the first place to go, when in fact there are other NHS services that may be more suitable, such as your local pharmacy, walk in centre or GP.

“Pharmacists can help with a range of common conditions and minor injuries, and many are open until late and at weekends. If you need medical help fast but it’s not an emergency, you can call NHS 111 at any time of day or night. It’s free to call from a landline or mobile and can quickly direct you to the right service and give you advice. Using 111 in this way helps to make sure the 999 emergency number is available when it’s really needed for very serious emergency medical cases.

“There are also two walk-in centres in Nottingham City which are open seven days a week and can give advice and treat minor illnesses and injuries. One is on London Road next to the BBC building and is open from 7am to 9pm; the other is on Lower Parliament Street and is open from 8am to 8pm.”

Having home remedies to hand is also useful for minor illness and injury, so always make sure that your medicine cabinet is stocked up with the following:

  • Pain relief – paracetamol and ibuprofen are the most common painkillers and are available in tablet and liquid form. Aspirin and ibuprofen also reduce inflammation. Please note: aspirin should not be given to anyone under the age of 16.
  • Anti-diarrhoea medicine – make sure you drink plenty of non-alcoholic liquid for the first 24 hours when symptoms appear in order to keep hydrated. Your pharmacist can also recommend rehydration drinks.
  • Sore throat remedies – ask your pharmacist about sprays to ease soreness. Adults can also gargle with soluble aspirin to ease the pain.
  • Cough remedies – ask your pharmacist about different types of linctus which can help coughs.
  • Plasters, bandages and antiseptic cream – it always pays to be well-stocked in the event of minor cuts and scrapes, especially if you have children. Ask your pharmacist about anti-allergy plasters.

For more information about treating common conditions visit the NHS Choices website.

Published: 17 February 2015