‘Choose well’ - this half term for you and your children

NHS Cambridgeshire are asking people to make sure that they choose the most appropriate service for their condition - to get the best possible care for themselves and their children during the half term holiday.

With the school half-term fast approaching, it is possible that demand on the county’s medical services may be increased. By following the Choose Well message, people can ensure that they get the most appropriate care as quickly as possible for their needs.

Choose Well is a national campaign whose aim is to help people find the right care closer to home when they need it. Its purpose is to remind people that there are a range of NHS services on the doorstep.

Dr Christine Macleod, Medical Director at NHS Cambridgeshire, said: “We want everyone to enjoy themselves this half-term, which is why we are asking everyone to think about how they choose NHS services. We would ask everyone to think carefully about what service you need for yourself and your children. Many conditions can be treated at home, or with advice from NHS Direct or a pharmacist.”

Here is how you can ‘Choose Well’ this half term:

* The first option is self-care. Many conditions can be treated with a well-stocked medicine cabinet at home. Make sure you have enough paracetamol or aspirin, anti-diarrhoeal medicine, rehydration mixture, indigestion mixture, plasters, and a thermometer in your medicine cabinet.

* If you feel you need additional advice, contact NHS Direct. The service offers confidential information around the clock on all aspects of health and healthcare. Visit the website at www.nhs.uk. You can check your symptoms, check hundreds of conditions and treatments and find telephone numbers and addresses for most NHS organisations online. Alternatively, call 0845 46 47.

* Your local pharmacist can give prompt advice on healthy living and treating minor ailments. To find your local pharmacist, including details of opening hours, call NHS Direct on 0845 46 47 or go to: www.nhs.uk/servicedirectories

* If you have a minor illness or injury that needs treatment, you should call your GP. They provide a range of services by appointment, including medical advice, examinations and prescriptions. An out-of-hours service is also available for urgent problems. To find your local GP surgery contact NHS Cambridgeshire PALS on 0800-2792535 or 01223-725588.

* Minor Injuries Units are for minor injuries such as cuts and grazes, minor burns and scalds, bites and stings, strains and sprains and minor eye or ear problems. Your nearest minor injury unit is at:

* North Cambridgeshire Hospital, The Park, Wisbech PE13 3AB tel: 01945 488 068

* Minor Injuries Units are for minor injuries such as cuts and grazes, minor burns and scalds, bites and stings, strains and sprains and minor eye or ear problems. Your nearest minor injury unit is at:

* North Cambridgeshire Hospital, The Park, Wisbech PE13 3AB tel: 01945 488 068

* Doddington Community Hospital, Benwich Road, Doddington PE15 OUG tel: 01354 644 243

* Accident and Emergency departments should only be used in a critical or life-threatening situation. A&E departments provide immediate emergency care for people who show the symptoms of serious illness or are badly injured. Dialling 999 and stating a medical emergency will result in a response vehicle being sent to you.

Your nearest A&E department is at:

* Hinchingbrooke Hospital, Hinchingbrooke Park, Huntingdon, PE29 6NT tel: 01480 416416.

* Peterborough District Hospital, 3 Thorpe Road, Peterborough, PE3 6DA tel: 01733 874000.

* The Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Gayton Road, King’s Lynn, PE30 4ET tel: 01553 613613.

For more details on Choose Well, and how it can help you, visit: www.choosewell.org