Choose the right care
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There are estimated to be 15
million people currently living in England with a long term
condition or complex health needs, and this figure is expected to
rise as the population ages and grows. In order to be able to
make sure it can provide services for everyone when they need them,
the NHS has to be able to make services and resources available as
required. To help us deliver this we need everyone to use the
Data tells us that 12% of people admit to having used A&E in
the past even when they knew there was nothing seriously wrong with
them; and 18% of GP workload is for common complaints alone.
Around two million people each year go to A&E with ailments
that they could have either self-treated or used another local
service for. At an estimated cost of £136 million a year this is
the equivalent of 6,500 nurses.
The NHS is entering its busiest time of the year, winter.
We know that if temperatures fall below 12 degrees celsius this
increases the risk of respiratory problems and the number of people
who have heart attacks and strokes goes up. Bad weather can affect
pavements and we see more breaks and fractures. Hazardous
driving conditions can result in more road traffic accidents.
These are situations where people will really need A&E.
So we need the public to help us keep NHS services free to treat
emergency cases. We need people to choose NHS services
Choose Well has been a long running national NHS
campaign, that aims to:
- Explain to the public their local NHS services and which is
best for their medical need
- Make it clear to the public that A&E and 999 services are
for life-threatening and serious incidents only
- Promote self care and the use of high-street pharmacy for
common complaints such as sprains and strains, aches and pains,
upset stomachs, coughs and colds.
Speak to your local pharmacy if you have a common
complaint. If you have something you are unsure
about call 111.
Alternatively you can find the best local NHS service
for your needs at www.choosewellmanchester.org.uk.
Are you recommended to have the flu vaccine?
Here is a list of those who are advised to have the vaccine:
- everyone over 65 years of age
- everyone under 65 years of age who has a medical condition
listed on page 4 of the booklet which is can be found at the link
below, including children and babies over six months of age
- all pregnant women, at any stage of pregnancy
- everyone living in a residential or nursing home
- everyone who cares for an older or disabled person
- household contacts of anyone who is immunocompromised
- all frontline health and social care workers.
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