The NHS in Blackburn with Darwen and East Lancashire wants everyone to be safe, healthy and happy throughout the forthcoming winter period. And you can help us to make sure people who need medical support get the treatment they need.
As we move into winter, we all suffer a bit more with illnesses such as coughs, colds and sore throats.
Usually, though, if you’re normally fit and healthy, there is no need to visit the doctor.
Most minor illnesses should be treated at home with remedies available over the counter at the pharmacy. Pharmacists are trained health professionals and can give you advice about your condition.
Research shows that people often seek a doctor’s advice earlier than they need to. In many cases, just allowing a minor illness such as a cold a chance to run its course or buying a remedy over the counter at a pharmacy is a better way to treat the symptoms.
We want you to be part of our #TeamWinter by looking after yourself properly.
Where should I go?
Accident and Emergency/999
Calling 999 or going to A & E is for people who are seriously ill or whose life is in danger.
Urgent Care Centres
Urgent Care Centres are for serious conditions such as suspected broken bones or breathing difficulties which need immediate care but are not life threatening. They are NOT for dental problems, cold symptoms, upset stomachs or to get prescriptions.
Minor Injuries Units
Minor injuries units deal with problems such as suspected fractures, cuts, bruises, minor eye problems, burns, scalds and sprains.
To find your local services please enter your postcode here: http://bit.ly/1cZwwaa
Your local family doctor (GP) is the main point of contact for you and your family’s general health care.
Your pharmacy will give you advice on most minor illnesses and you can buy over-the-counter remedies to relieve your symptoms.