You have probably read in the local press that there is currently very high demand for local health services especially at hospitals in Oxfordshire.
You can help us take the strain off NHS services by being prepared and choosing the right service.
What can you do?
If you need advice, phone NHS 111, available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year – all calls from landlines and mobiles are free;
You can also get health advice from your GP Surgery between 8.30am and 6.30pm, Monday to Friday (excluding bank holidays);
Visit your local high street pharmacist. They can provide treatments and advice for a wide range of complaints including coughs and colds and can advise you on what to stock in your medicine cabinet;
If you sustain an injury, such as a sprain, broken bones or minor burns, there are Minor Injury Units (MIU) at Abingdon and Witney Community Hospitals that are open between 8am and 10.30pm, seven days a week in the winter months. The MIU at Townlands (Henley) Community Hospital is open between 9am and 8pm seven days a week;
Download the free Choose Well phone app which shows your nearest health services in Oxfordshire (for more information on the app and which devices use it see here)
Remember, Accident and Emergency/Emergency Department (ED) is ONLY for genuine emergencies. This includes life threatening conditions such as severe chest pains, breathing difficulties, choking, and serious bleeding injuries. If you attend the ED with a minor cut or a bad hangover you are using up valuable time when the emergency doctors and nurses could be treating those who are badly hurt or severely unwell.
You can also visit NHS Choices at www.nhs.uk to find the nearest health service to you.