Lincolnshire’s NHS want to remind you to choose well when accessing local health services this winter.
Some health conditions such as sprains, colds and coughs can be treated at home or with advice from a pharmacist without a trip to the GP or A&E. Using the right health service for your health needs will save you time and help take pressure off the NHS.
Before visiting A&E, consider whether there is a service better suited to your health needs. Think about using NHS111, available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. The service is free to use and helps to direct people to the right care. Call 111 or visit 111.nhs.uk
In Lincolnshire, you can find the most appropriate treatment or service for you at the touch of a button. Join the thousands of other users who are already managing their health and wellbeing using ASAPLincs. The website can be accessed via asaplincs.nhs.uk while the ASAPLincs app is available on both Apple and Android devices and can be downloaded via your app store.
Don’t spend hours and hours waiting in A&E for something you may be able to treat at home or with help from the pharmacist.
A&E is for serious, life-threatening conditions such as severe bleeding, heart attacks, badly broken bones whilst minor injury units and urgent treatment centres can help you with non-serious injuries such as cuts, sprains, broken bones, scalds and minor eye injuries.
Make an appointment with your GP practice if you have an illness or injury that will not go away such as persistent vomiting, ear pain, stomach ache or back ache. Don’t forget our GP practices are open longer so you can get the help you need more easily. Evening and weekend appointments are available at your local practice or another nearby NHS service, 365 days of the year including Christmas and New Year. Please contact your GP practice to find out how you can book. Also, ask your GP practice about their online services to book, cancel appointment and order repeat prescriptions online.
Your local pharmacist can help with all sorts of health care advice and treatment without an appointment, as well as minor, short term conditions, they can also help with services such as stop smoking, weight management and sexual health. If they feel you need it, they can also signpost you to another NHS service.
The right NHS services are everywhere – we just need to stop and think – and then choose the right one.