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.
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
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.