Help avoid A&E
Warrington and Halton Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust are encouraging people to examine their options if they need care for urgent illness or injury and help avoid a visit to Accident & Emergency.
The arrival of cold weather can trigger or worsen some illnesses, meaning that A&E services are more in demand with patients who require urgent and life saving care. Hospital staff want people to understand the range of treatment options available to you and your family and that A&E and ambulance services are for life-threatening conditions only.
The options are:
- Your GP is your first point of contact for non-emergency illnesses which you can’t treat yourself, and practices can offer same day appointments if necessary.
- When the surgery is closed, you can still see a local GP with the GP out-of-hours service - just call 111 and you will be transferred to an adviser.
- Your local pharmacy can offer free, confidential advice on a range of health issues and you don’t need an appointment.
- Unwell? Unsure? Confused? If you feel unwell but it’s not an emergency NHS 111 provide expert health advice and information 24 hours a day, 365 days a year
- This year in Halton there are also new NHS Urgent Care Centres at Halton General Hospital and Widnes Healthcare Resource Centre. They provide treatment for urgent illness and injury for adults and children from 7am to 10pm every day of the year - you can read more about these services on our website here
If it's a life threatening condition then don't hesitate to visit A&E - but for other illness and injury these other options that may be better for you.
Getting ready for Winter
There are lots of things you can do to get ready for winter, which could help you stay well, and mean that you’re well prepared if you do get ill:
- Be prepared for common illnesses like coughs and colds by keeping a well-stocked medicine cabinet at home to see you through winter months. Your local pharmacy can provide you with advice on what to include.
- Make sure you’re up-to-date with repeat prescriptions, leaving plenty of time ahead of bank holidays
- Visit www.nhs.uk – the largest health website in the country, for information about hundreds of health issues, and details of GPs, pharmacies and dentists in your area.
If you’re eligible for the free seasonal flu vaccination, make sure you get in touch with your GP to arrange it. Eligible groups include children aged two to four, children in years one or two at school, people aged 65 and over, adults and children with long term health conditions, and pregnant women.
Please help avoid a trip to A&E this year by examining your options and being ready for Winter.