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NHS provides information on range of health services available for the public

19th February 2014 | By Liz Mattock | Posted in

Information to help members of the public access the right NHS care at the right time will be given out across the City, County and Rutland this month.

The information promotes healthcare alternatives such as self-care, pharmacists, GP practices, NHS 111, urgent care centres, minor injury units and walk-in centres available when people are feeling unwell. These are services that can be accessed quickly and more appropriately by patients instead of thinking accident and emergency is the only option.

Dr Nick Willmott, speaking on behalf of the three NHS Clinical Commissioning Groups, said: “Accident and emergency is for life-threatening emergencies only. By choosing better and using another, more appropriate service, members of the public will be getting the right care and will probably be seen quicker too.

“We know that some people living in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland who choose to go straight to the emergency department don’t actually need emergency treatment. Understandably, when we become unwell, we will naturally want to seek the quickest treatment available. I would therefore encourage people, wherever possible, to use the most appropriate service for their health needs and only go to A&E if they have  a serious or life-threatening condition such as heavy bleeding, broken bones, chest pains or stroke.”

Information will be available at the following locations.  Members of the public can drop in anytime to get advice on the services available to them locally:

Thursday 20 February – Market Harborough High Street – 11am–5pm

Friday 21 February – Boots, 18 High Street, Oakham – 10am–4pm

Saturday 22 February – Walkabout, Granby Street, Leicester – 2pm–8pm

Sunday 23 February – Melton Mowbray Market Car Boot – 8.30am–1.30pm

Friday 27 February – Bell Street, Wigston – 10am–4pm

Friday 28 February – Shree Hindu Temple and Community Centre, St Barnabas Rd, Leicester – 8.30am–2.30pm

For more information on accessing the right treatment at the right time visit www.choosebetter.org.uk.

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