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Local people asked to use NHS services wisely

NHS needs your help to ensure services are available for those most in need.

People across Bradford District and Craven are being asked to make sure they use the most appropriate service for their needs as demand increases across the country.

GPs at NHS Bradford District and Craven CCGs are reminding people to choose wisely when it comes to deciding which health service to use.

Local A&E departments and emergency services are particularly busy at the moment; as are most areas across the UK. The latest cold turn in the weather will likely see an increase in demand for accident and emergency services, seeing waiting times increase for those who attend for minor illnesses or injuries that could be better treated elsewhere.

If you’re unsure which service is the right one for your health needs you can call NHS 111 for free from a landline or mobile. NHS 111 is available 24 hours-a-day, seven days-a-week and the team can arrange out-of-hours GP appointments as well as provide details of your local pharmacy.

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Local pharmacists offer expert information and advice on common medications, illnesses and injuries and there’s no need to book an appointment.

GP appointments are now also available on evenings and weekends and can be booked by calling your local practice.

Dr Andy Withers, GP and clinical chair at NHS Bradford District CCG said: “Teams at our local hospitals - Airedale General and Bradford Royal Infirmary - are working incredibly hard to deliver high quality patient care and we want to make sure our A&E departments are there for those people most in need.

“We can all do our bit to make sure we don’t put unnecessary pressure on our emergency services by choosing the most appropriate service when we don’t have a serious or life-threatening illness of injury.

“A&E can help if you have severe chest pain or difficulty breathing, severe bleeding, a serious head injury or broken bones. For common health conditions such as coughs or colds, your local pharmacist can provide help and advice on the best treatments for you.

“You can also find information on common illnesses and injuries by visiting the NHS website at www.nhs.uk. The site can also help you find your nearest local pharmacy.

“If you’re unsure or have an urgent health need, but it’s not a life-threatening emergency, the friendly teams at NHS 111 will be able to help.”

Colds, sore throats, headaches, hangovers, upset stomachs, coughs, aches, pains and winter vomiting should all be treated at home, or with the advice of your local pharmacist.

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