Use the right health services today (Thursday)

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NHS Cambridgeshire and NHS Peterborough are asking the public to use the right health services this Thursday, when some doctors may be taking industrial action.

The British Medical Association is calling on its members to only provide emergency or urgent care today, (Thursday June 21), in response to changes to the NHS pension scheme.

The number of doctors who may take action is not known but we are working alongside our providers to ensure that the impact on services is minimal and cover is provided where necessary.

Peter Wightman, Interim Director of Primary Care for NHS Cambridgeshire and NHS Peterborough said: “We have tried and tested plans in place in the event of industrial action and have been planning for this event to ensure that all urgent and emergency care will be provided and only non-urgent services will be affected.

We have been assured that all GP practices throughout Cambridgeshire and Peterborough will be open on the day, urgent patients will be seen, and cover will be provided. Patients who have appointments already booked for Thursday should assume that these are proceeding unless they are contacted by their GP or hospital and told otherwise.”

Today if you are not feeling well you should do the following:

Self-care – you may be able to treat minor illnesses or injuries such as sprains, strains, insect stings and cuts and grazes yourself

Ask your pharmacist – who can give advice for treating common illnesses and the best medicines to use.

If you feel you need to see a doctor urgently, contact your GP surgery as normal

Contact NHS Direct online on by telephone - a health professional will give you confidential advice and information for round the clock health queries. www.nhsdirect.nhs.uk or 0845 4647

NHS walk-in centre or minor injuries units - for treating minor illnesses and injuries that do not require a hospital visit and without needing an appointment.

In Peterborough there are Walk In Centres at the City Care Centre on Thorpe Road, Peterborough and Alma Road Primary Care Centre, Peterborough and St Ives.

In Cambridgeshire there are minor injuries units at:

* North Cambridgeshire Hospital, The Park, Wisbech, PE13 3AB. Tel: 01945-488068

* Princess of Wales Hospital, Lynn Road, Ely, CB6 1DN. Tel: 01353-656675

* Doddington Community Hospital, Benwick Road, Doddington PE15 0UG Tel: 01354-644243

* St Neots Health Centre (GP practice where patients can ‘walk in’), 24 Moores Walk, St Neots, PE19 1AG. Tel: 01480-219317

Accident and Emergency and 999:

Accident and Emergency departments provide accident and immediate emergency care for people who show symptoms of serious illness or are badly injured.