With cold weather expected over the next few days, health leaders across Northamptonshire are urging people to take extra care and familiarise themselves with the different NHS services on offer.
The Met Office has issues weather warnings across most parts of the UK for snow and ice. Across the East Midlands cold conditions will persist for most of the week with snow expected to develop overnight Tuesday into Wednesday, and also potentially Thursday evening.
Matthew Davies Medical Director of NHS Nene Clinical Commissioning Group said: “We expect NHS services to be busy over the next week due to snow and ice. By choosing the right NHS service the people of Northamptonshire will enable hospital services to prioritise those who are most in need of care.
“We're also encouraging people to take extra care and check in on elderly or vulnerable friends and relatives.”
There are lots of NHS services on your doorstep. This list will help you make the right choice:
- Self Care - A well stocked medicine cabinet and rest are the best option for very minor illnesses, ailments and injuries – such as colds and grazes. Click here for more guidance.
- Pharmacy - Your local chemist can provide confidential, expert advice and treatment for a range of common illnesses and complaints, without having to wait for a GP appointment or going to A&E. Click here for more information.
- GP services - Your GP can help if you have an illness or injury that won't go away. Simply make an appointment. Click here to find out how your GP practice can help you.
- NHS 111 - If you need help or advice urgently but it's not a life-threatening situation, call 111. NHS 111 has highly trained operators and clinicians to assess each call and direct it to the most appropriate service. Find out more here. NHS 111 can direct you to the Northamptonshire GP Out of Hours service, between 6.30pm and 8am and at weekends and bank holidays (24 hours). Click here for more information.
- Corby Urgent Care Centre on Cottingham Road is open from 8am to 8pm. Further details here.
- Accident and Emergency - An emergency is a critical or life-threatening situation. A&E departments or the 999 ambulance service should only be used in these situations. Click here for more information.
You can find lots of information about keeping warm and keeping well this winter here: https://www.nhs.uk/live-well/healthy-body/keep-warm-keep-well/
For a complete guide to conditions, symptoms and treatments, including what to do and when to get help visit: https://www.nhs.uk/.