Milton Keynes People Urged To Choose Well During National Doctors Strike
|Published: 13th June 2012 17:43|
Local people are being urged to choose thier health services well during the national doctors strike next week.
Darren Leech, Chief Operating Officer, said: "We are not expecting a significant impact from next week's strikes. However we are expecting to be busier than usual in A&E due to the impact on other local health services. Therefore we ask anyone considering coming to A&E on June 21 to give extra thought to whether this is the right place for them. If in doubt, please check the Choose Well website."
If you are feeling unwell but you are not sure of the best course of action to take, then our simple Choose Well guide will help you decide. There are a range of local NHS services to choose from and you don't always need to see a GP or go to A&E.
Self Care - This is the best choice to treat very minor illnesses, ailments and injuries. A range of common illnesses and complaints can be treated with a well stocked medicine cabinet and plenty of rest.
NHS Direct - NHS Direct provides expert health advice and information via a confidential telephone service, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. You can call 0845 46 47.
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 go to your A&E..
GP services - Your GP can help if you have an illness or injury that won't go away. Simply make an appointment.
GP out of hours service - If it's an emergency and you need care after hours, call your GP surgery and listen to the message which will let you know what to do.
Urgent Care Centre - If you urgently need a doctor outside of normal hours in Milton Keynes, please contact the Milton Keynes Urgent Care Service on 01908 201022. The GP service is available between 6pm-8am on weekdays, and 24 hours a day at weekends and bank holidays. The urgent care telephone number is available to call 24 hours a day if you need medical help fast, but it's not a life-threatening situation.
Accident and Emergency - An emergency is a critical or life-threatening situation, and A&E departments or the 999 ambulance service should only be used in these situations.