Patients are being urged to choose the right care for their symptoms so that emergency services are available for those who need them most.
Health services across Rotherham, including GP practices, A&E and the Walk-in Centre, are currently very busy but local pharmacies, GPs and the NHS 111 service are also there to help you if you need quick advice or treatment.
If you feel unwell or have a minor accident consider these options before coming to A&E:
- Self care – look after yourself at home with a well-stocked medicine cabinet
- Visit your local pharmacy (chemist) – for expert advice on common illnesses and the best medicines to treat them. To find your nearest pharmacy visit http://www.rotherhamccg.nhs.uk/pharmacy-first.htm
- Ring NHS 111 – 24 hour helpline health enquiry and advice. If you are not sure where to go for your ailment, ask NHS 111.
- Make an appointment with your GP (doctor) - for illnesses that just won’t go away
An essential medicine cabinet should include:
• Pain relief such as paracetamol and aspirin (aspirin should not be given to children under 16 or to people with asthma)
• Children’s paracetamol oral suspension and ibuprofen syrups – free from pharmacy if you receive free prescriptions
• Mild laxatives to relieve constipation
• Cold relief products
• Rehydration mixtures for diarrhoea or vomiting to use if feeling dehydrated after a bout of sickness or diarrhoea
• Indigestion remedy
• Travel sickness tablets for family trips
• A thermometer to check for fever
• A range of bandages, plasters, non-absorbent cotton wool, elastic bandages and dressings for minor cuts, sprains and bruises
With prescribed medicines and those bought over-the-counter always follow the advice of the pharmacist, doctor or nurse. People should always read the instructions and never go over the suggested dose.