Choose well for expert health
There's a range of NHS services on your doorstep and a series of practical self help measures that we can all take.
Your options for care are:
- Self help: Best choice for very minor illnesses and injuries that can be treated with a well stocked medicine cabinet and plenty of rest.
- NHS Choices: Internet/phone information on all aspects of health care, check your symptoms, hundreds of conditions and treatments. www.nhs.uk or call 111
- Pharmacists: Visit your Pharmacy when you are suffering from coughs colds, fever and vomiting and you do not require a nurse of doctor. Call 111 for your nearest Pharmacy
- GP: Make an appointment with us for an illness or injury that will not go away and for our other services and medical advice.
- A&E: Accident and Emergency should only be used in a critical or life threatening situation. Call 999 for an ambulance, your local A&E are Chester and Arrowe Park.
Self help on your phone!
Download this useful document on books, website links and mobile phone apps relating to common problems such as anxiety stress and wellbeing.
The apps are for Smart phones, iPads and Blackberry. There are also links for help from Citizens advice Bureau for free impartial confidential advice and information. These include Samaritans, Housing, Employment and Carers.
Are you fed up of suffering with a cough, cold, flu or sore throat?
Then click here to find out what you can do
to treat yourself better.
Make sure your cabinet is stocked with:
- Paracetamaol or aspirin
- Anti-diarrhoeal medicine
- Rehydration mixture
- Indigestion mixture
Remember if you are over 65 or have a long term health problem you can get a free flu jab.
Stop things spreading
To prevent something you have caught spreading to others:
- Catch coughs and sneezes in a tissue
- Dispose of tissues quickly and safely
- Regularly wash your hands with soap and warm water
Top tip - Recover properly
If you do catch a cold or flu, make sure
- Stay at home and get plenty of rest
- Have lots of non-alcoholic drinks
- Eat if you feel able to
- Let a friend or neighbour know you are ill
Top tip - Stay warm
- Keep room temperature warm and comfortable
- Wear lots of thin layers
- Have regular hot drinks and hot meals that include fruit and vegetables
- Take regular gentle exercise to generate body heat