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Choose Well this winter


With winter fast approaching, the coming months could bring health problems for local people living with illnesses such as heart disease, lung disease, cancer, asthma and other underlying health problems.  Accident and Emergency (A&E) departments could be inundated with people suffering from common illnesses like coughs and colds that usually clear up by themselves in a few days and don't need to be treated by a doctor.

Our organisation supports Choose Well Manchester which gives people information so that they know where to go to in the first instance, to get fast, expert advice when they need it, and how to help themselves if they have a common illness or ailment. The aim is to help ease the pressure on A&E. It also outlines which symptoms need to be seen by NHS services in your area and what signs to look out for that mean it's time to call 999 and head to A&E.

If you or someone in your family has back pain, sore throat, flu, cough or cold, stomach upset or sports injury, there are a number of ways you can look after yourself in the first instance. Your symptoms should ease over a few days and you can get expert advice and over-the-counter medicines from your local pharmacy.  Always read the instructions carefully and make sure you don't take more than the recommended dose.

Steve Jones, Clinical Director for Emergency Services at Central Manchester Hospitals said: "If you do become unwell and want to seek medical advice or help make sure you choose well. There is a lot of expert help and advice available for minor complaints right on your doorstep.  Pharmacy staff have a huge wealth of knowledge and experience and can offer a range of treatment options. You don't need to make an appointment and many pharmacies in supermarkets are open on evenings and weekends. Pharmacists also know where to find other services, such as walk-in centres, where you can get the right treatment if you have an urgent health need that isn't an emergency, but in the event you have had a more serious accident or an emergency then we are here to help."

For further information, help and support, visit http://www.choosewellmanchester.org.uk/

Issued by Ruth Edwards, Communications Officer

Central Manchester University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.

Tel: 0161 901 2658

Email ruth.edwards@cmft.nhs.uk