Health bosses list options before you go to A and E

Make GPs and Nurses your first point of call for healthcare this winter

NHS Health leaders are encouraging people to choose the right service during winter. Many people aren’t sure where to go for healthcare, but most problems can be managed by yourself and a well-stocked medicine cabinet, or by your pharmacist / GP or Nurse.

There are services available every single day, from pharmacies to out of hours doctors, Thurrock’s Health Hubs and NHS111.

There is now a further service until 31 March 2018 at the Minor Injuries Unit in Orsett Hospital. A GP service will be available from 12pm to 6pm every day to provide a service for people who have an urgent medical problem but it’s not life threatening. Minor Injuries can also help with all urgent health problems like minor burns, wounds and breaks. This will also benefit residents in Basildon and Brentwood.

Mandy Ansell, Accountable Officer, Thurrock Clinical Commissioning Group said:

“We recognise that getting to see a GP can be difficult, especially during the winter when there are more demands for appointments. That is why we’ve funded extra appointments at Orsett Minor Injuries Unit and through funding from NHS England, we are able to provide more access to GPs and nurses at our popular Health Hubs.”

There are 640 extra GP and nurse appointments available in Thurrock Health hubs 7 days a week, so everyone should be able to make an appointment if they need one. For on the day support there’s 24 extra GP appointments each week at Orsett MIU.”

Dr Vikram Bhat, GP and Board Member of Thurrock CCG said:

“Often when people are ill they panic and go straight to emergency departments, with flu circulating, it’s a good idea to access other health services. More often than not, primary care services can help you.

“We are asking people to be sensible, make the right choices and access the care they need. We have pharmacies open every single day and they can help with a range of ailments.”

Visit thurrockccg.nhs.uk for more information.

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