Medical help over the New Year

NHS Cambridgeshire are asking people to “Choose Well” if they need medical treatment over the New Year period. The New Year can be a particularly busy time for the NHS, with people celebrating the start of the New Year.

There are a range of medical treatments available for people to access by “Choosing Well”. Choose Well helps people find the most appropriate NHS service for their needs.

Dr Christine Macleod, Medical Director at NHS Cambridgeshire said: “The New Year is traditionally a particularly busy time for the NHS which is why we are asking people to Choose Well - and to think about the services that are most appropriate for their needs this New Year.

It is sensible to book an appointment with your GP in plenty of time if you know that you are likely to need an appointment over the holidya period. Also, if you need any medication - make sure that you stock up to ensure you have enough over the festive period.”

How to Choose Well this New Year:

* 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.

* You can also 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 279 2535 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, Wisbech, contact 01945 488068

* Princess of Wales Hospital, Ely, contact 01353-656675.

* Doddington Community Hospital, contact 01354-644243.

* 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:

* Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, Hills Road, Cambridge CB2 0QQ tel: 01223 245 151

* 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.