Help Us Help You this Winter
Each winter, there is a big rise in the number of patients in Oldham who visit A&E Departments and make use of ambulance services, placing a strain on these vital emergency services. We’re asking patients to consider if there is a more appropriate alternative before heading to A&E. This will help ensure A&E and ambulance staff are able to provide us with high quality care for serious and life-threatening conditions, when we really need it.
Most of us will suffer from common ailments such as coughs and colds this winter and some of us will have flu. The main symptoms of winter bugs are coughing, sneezing, blocked nose, sore throat, headache and a slight temperature. If these are the only symptoms you have, it's unlikely that your GP will be able to help - in most cases, antibiotics (which are used to treat bacterial infections) aren't necessary.
Many people could have spoken with a pharmacist for advice and over-the-counter remedies, particularly for minor conditions such as cold and flu symptoms, coughs and upset stomachs. Or
Walk in Service
You can access the walk-in service at the Integrated Care Centre (http://www.gtdhealthcare.co.uk/practice/lindley-medical-practice-walk-in-centre), which is open daily from 8am - 8pm.
You should call 111 when you need advice or medical treatment quickly, and you cannot wait for an appointment to see your doctor.
The 111 adviser can put you in touch with services such as:
• An A&E department at a hospital
• An out-of-hours doctor This is where you can go to get medical help that is not an emergency when your own doctor’s surgery is closed.
• A walk-in centre or a minor injuries unit, where you can get medical help without an appointment.
• A community nurse
.• An emergency dentist This is where you can get help when your dentist’s surgery is closed.
• A late opening chemist.
7 Day Access
Evening & Weekend appointments are now available with GPs professionals, wherever you live in Oldham Visit http://moreGPhours.org.uk to find out about the services in your area or call 0161 934 2827 to book an appointment
Further advice is available at http://www.nhs.uk/Livewell/Coldsandflu/Pages/Coldsandfluhome.aspx