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THINK!! Why A&E? A&E is for emergencies and life-threatening illnesses only

THINK!! WHY A&E?      A&E is for emergencies and life-threatening illnesses only.

SELF-CARE  –  Hangover, grazed knee, cough, sore throat  –  minor illnesses, ailments and injuries can be treated with plenty of rest and a well stocked medicine cabinet that includes painkillers; cold and flu remedies; plasters; and a thermometer.
 
PHARMACY  –  Diarrhoea, runny nose, painful cough, headache  –  Pharmacists offer a range of health services. As well as dispensing prescriptions and other medicines, your pharmacy can provide free confidential expert advice and treatment for a variety of common illnesses and complaints, without having to book a GP appointment.
 
GP SURGERY  –  Back pain, stomach ache, ear pain, vomiting  –  If you have an illness or injury that won’t go away, make an appointment with your GP. They provide a range of services by appointment, and when absolutely essential, can make home visits. If you need to see a GP outside of the surgery’s normal opening hours, telephone the surgery and your call will be forwarded to the GP out-of-hours service.
 
WALK-IN/SAME DAY CENTRES  –  Itches, strains, cuts, sprains  –  These centres provide consultations, guidance and treatment for minor injuries and illnesses, as well as emergency contraception and sexual health advice. There are two centres on the Fylde-Coast both operating seven days a week from 8am onwards.
 
NHS111  –  Need help fast, not well? unsure?, call now  –  NHS111 is a free telephone service, available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. You should call 111 if you urgently need medical help or information, but your condition is not life-threatening. When you dial 111, you will be directed to the best local services to make sure you get fast and effective treatment.
 
A&E OR RING 999  –  Chest pain, choking, blood loss, blacking out  –  A&E departments treat patients with major, life-threatening illnesses and injuries, so you should only call 999 or visit A&E when your situation is critical. Using a more appropriate service will save you time – and could save lives.