residents urged not to visit A&E for colds and flu
NHS in Somerset has this week urged residents in the Burnham-On-Sea
and Highbridge area to get the right treatment and avoid telephoning
for a 999 ambulance or visiting busy district hospital Accident
and Emergency Departments with only minor illness or ailments.
advice comes as NHS Somerset says this week that the countys
district hospitals are continuing to experience "exceptionally
high demand", largely due to the high numbers of frail elderly
and sick patients being admitted to the hospital by ambulance.
in Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge have
advised people with flu-like symptoms to rest, drink plenty of water
and take Paracetamol where needed.
doctors are reminding people, particularly the elderly, to seek
medical advice at the first start of illness and not wait until
they become more seriously ill.
Ed Ford, a Somerset GP and Chair of the Somerset Clinical Commissioning
Group, said: "You can help yourself and the NHS by thinking
first and getting the right treatment for your health needs. At
the first sign of illness get advice from you community pharmacist."
you are ill make an appointment with your GP Practice and if you
dont where to go or what service you need, please telephone
NHS 111 for help or advice. The number is free to call and available
24 hours a day."
are more convenient health services available for public to use
if they have only minor illness, injury or ailments.
include Burnham-On-Sea Minor Injury Unit which is suitable if members
of the public have urgent need for medical treatment. There are
also six other Minor Injury Units at community hospitals in Bridgwater,
Chard, Frome, Minehead, Shepton Mallet and West Mendip Hospital
Burnham-On-Sea War Memorial Hospital Minor Injury Unit is open from
10am-6pm (last patient booked in at 5:30pm).
you feeling unwell and need advice, visit your pharmacy. You dont
need an appointment and they can advise on the best medicines for
many common illnesses. You can find your nearest pharmacist by searching
online at: www.nhs.uk.
telephone NHS 111 when you need medical advice or information quickly,
but its not a 999 life threatening emergency. Calls are free
from mobiles and landlines to this 24/7 service.
should also call 111 if you become ill after your GP surgery has
closed and need urgent advice or medical help. You will be assessed,
given advice and directed straight away to the local service that
will help you best. www.nhs.uk/111
make an appointment at your GP Practice. You can book an urgent
on-the day appointment by telephoning your practice. GP Practices
in Somerset now offer extended access to pre-booked routine appointments
up until 8.00pm in the evening and at weekends.