Health advice from the NHS over the winter period

Coloured poster from the NHS with steps about what to do when you're ill, beginning with self care all the way to A&E

  • 17 December 2019
  • 2 min read

The NHS has provided the following advice if you're feeling under the weather during the colder winter months.

Coloured poster from the NHS with steps about what to do when you're ill, beginning with self care all the way to A&E

Over the winter months the Emergency Department at Queen Alexandra Hospital in Portsmouth can get very busy. There are many other services that can help if you have a healthcare issue and need NHS help in a hurry.

Minor illness? Ask a pharmacist

Get expert advice on common health problems (coughs, colds, flu, rashes) from your local pharmacist. It may save you a trip to your GP surgery – you don’t need an appointment and you can speak in a private area. You’ll be advised if they think you need further help.

Minor injury? Try one of these

You can often be seen more quickly, 7 days a week, for broken bones, sprains and strains, minor cuts and wound infections at:

  • Gosport War Memorial Hospital (023 9279 4753)
  • Petersfield Community Hospital (023 8231 0595) or
  • St Mary’s Urgent Treatment Centre – minor injuries and illness (0333 321 8277)

Not sure? Call NHS111 or go online to 111.nhs.uk if you:

Think you might need to go to the Emergency Department or need another NHS urgent care service;

  • don’t know who to call for medical help;
  • need information about a health issue.

5 things you can do

  1. Keep the Emergency Department free for those with critical or life threatening conditions
  2. Contact NHS111 or your GP practice if you need same day help. Or try your GP practice website for appointment information or online consultations.
  3. Get a flu jab – ask at your surgery or pharmacy
  4. Order repeat prescriptions in good time, particularly ahead of bank holidays.
  5. Download an urgent care guide.

     

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