Helping you make the right decision about where to go for health care in Wiltshire
Wiltshire Clinical Commissioning Group is helping local people to make the right decision about where to go for healthcare treatment with the help of an easy to use clock.
Dr Peter Jenkins, Chair of Wiltshire CCG said,
“We recognise that knowing which services to access for health advice and treatment can seem a little confusing. There are numerous ways for you to get healthcare advice and treatment and knowing what health services are available when you start to feel ill, will help you to manage your condition quicker.”
Because it’s confusing, people very often go straight to a hospital or to a GP regardless of their healthcare requirements. To help you understand the range of healthcare services available and to help you make the right decision about where to go for treatment, Wiltshire CCG has produced an easy to use “Around the clock healthcare in Wiltshire’ leaflet available to download from their website.
Around the clock healthcare in Wiltshire
NHS 111 – Free non-emergency number where trained callers will listen to your symptoms and direct you to the best medical care for you and is available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year
NHS Choices – UK’s biggest health website for information and advice
GP out of hours – available from 6.30pm until 8am on weekdays and all day at weekends and bank holidays. Call your GP practice to access the service
Minor Injury Unit – treats minor injuries that are not life-threatening e.g. cuts, bites, stings and simple fractures
Pharmacy – experts in medicine and can give you advice on common ailments and are a potential alternative to a GP visit
GP – if you have a condition that can’t be treated with over the counter medication or advice from a pharmacist, make an appointment to see your GP
A&E – for genuine life-threatening emergencies only and is available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year
When we are able to make the right decision on the type of treatment we need, we’re actively helping to ease the strain on a pressured NHS by taking personal responsibility for our health. This helps free up time for doctors and healthcare professionals allowing them to focus on those people who need their services the most.