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  • Writer's pictureHealthwatch Hampshire

Make the right choice when accessing local health services this winter

Winter is always an incredibly busy time for our local NHS services, and we are already seeing increased demands across our GP practices, hospitals, and community health services.



We know it is also a time of year when you are most likely to become unwell with increased risk of illness and worsening of long-term conditions, such as breathing and heart conditions.


Using services wisely can help you receive the best care without unnecessary delays.


Make the right choice – Think:


- Self-care: Many health issues can be managed with self-care. You can find good advice online through the NHS website (www.nhs.uk) or for children visit Frimley Healthier Together (frimley-healthiertogether.nhs.uk).


- Pharmacy: Local pharmacists are qualified healthcare professionals, who can offer valuable advice and support for health concerns.


- NHS 111: If you have symptoms but are not seriously unwell, you can contact NHS 111 for guidance and assistance. Call 111 or visit 111.nhs.uk.


- General Practice: Your local GP practice team provides a wide range of health services, from medical advice, vaccinations, examinations, and treatment. They can also refer you to other NHS services. Get in touch for routine & same day appointments offered 8am-8pm, evenings, weekends. You may be offered a telephone or face-to-face consultation as needed.


- Minor Injury Units: Minor Injury Units treat things such as sprains and strains, suspected broken limbs, minor head injuries, minor scalds and burns, skin infections, bad cuts and grazes. You can search for your nearest minor injury unit on the nhs.uk website.


- Mental health services: For a list of local mental health services visit the Frimley Health and care website frimleyhealthandcare.org.uk/mentalwellbeing. If you need urgent help or advice visit 111.nhs.uk or call 111.


- A&E: A&E is for serious or life-threatening emergencies.


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