Remember to Choose Well over Christmas – 19/12/13

The public are being encouraged to choose their health services wisely over the Christmas and New Year period.

In Dudley and Walsall, there are a range of NHS services available to help with a variety of illnesses and injuries including pharmacies, GP practices, out-of-hours services, NHS111 and walk-in centres.

With the many services that are available, it can be confusing to decide where the best place is to be treated.  Below are some examples of conditions that you might experience at Christmas and where to go for advice and treatment.

  1. Cold & flu: Self care at home
    If you’re feeling a little run down after too many late nights, you may be more susceptible to a cold. Take pain-relieving paracetamol, stay well hydrated and rest.
  2. An itchy rash on your skin: Pharmacy
    Allergic reaction to that new aftershave you got for Christmas?  Pharmacists will be able to assess a rash and provide you with medication to help alleviate your symptoms.  To find your nearest pharmacist, visit www.nhs.uk.
  3. Stomach ache: GP
    Over-indulgence and eating lots of rich food over the festive period may lead to indigestion.  Your pharmacist will be able to provide indigestion remedies, but if your stomach ache persists, your GP will be able to advise you of the best course of investigation and treatment.
  4. A cut to your finger: Walk-in centre
    Be extra careful using a very sharp knife to carve your Christmas turkey, but if you do cut yourself and it is fairly deep and bleeding, visit your walk-in centre or minor injuries unit where they will be able to advise and treat you if necessary.  To find your nearest walk-in centre, visit www.nhs.uk
  5. Sprains & strains: Walk-in centre, self care at home or GP.
    Rushing around on icy pavements to do your last-minute Christmas shopping can lead to slips and trips.  Take care and wear supportive, flat boots or shoes if you venture out in ice or snow.  If you do fall and sprain your ankle or wrist, you can visit a walk-in centre for assessment, rest at home, or make an appointment to see your GP.

The free Choose Well West Midlands app is also available to download for iPhones and Androids for information about your nearest GP, walk-in centre, dentist, pharmacist and A&E department wherever you are in the West Midlands.

To find the App, search Choose Well West Midlands.