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Choose well for your child this summer holiday

It's the summer holidays and for many children this can mean only one thing: long days of playing and not a schoolbook in sight. Bumps and scrapes are to be expected around this time of year and can be treated at home, but if your child needs medical attention there are a number of options available. By choosing the right service you can resolve many ailments quickly and conveniently - and save precious playtime.Children playing

Many common illnesses and complaints such as mild diarrhoea or skin irritations can be discussed with your local pharmacist, who can provide confidential, expert advice and treatment. If after following the treatment suggested, your child's condition gets worse or continues, contact your GP. Out of hours GPs are available. Call your local surgery for contact details. 

Walk-in Centres and Minor Injuries Units can be used to treat minor illnesses and injuries such as fractured bones, cuts and bruises and chest infections. You don't need an appointment and will be seen by an experienced nurse.

In case of an emergency or for loss of consciousness, fitting or difficulty breathing, don't hesitate in taking your child to A&E.

If you are ever unsure of what service to use, you can contact NHS Direct for advice on 0845 4647. For health advice on common illnesses, symptoms, self-care tips and local service details, you can also visit www.nhs.uk.