The local NHS in West Lancashire is encouraging people to be aware of how they can look after themselves this winter.
By having medication well stocked at home and by keeping fit and healthy, individuals can take control of their own health, manage minor ailments and effectively manage long-term conditions.
If you do need further help, think carefully and examine the number of options available to you across West Lancashire:
• Your local pharmacist can provide confidential, expert advice and treatment for a range of common illnesses.
• Walk-in centres in Skelmersdale and Ormskirk provide treatment 365 days of the year. They treat people of all ages and there is no need for an appointment.
• When your local GP surgery is closed, you can use GP out-of-hour services – just call your normal practice number and your call will be diverted.
• If you have a long-term condition, prepare for winter by ensuring you do not run out of your medication. Many pharmacists offer repeat prescription services without the need to see your GP.
Dr Peter Gregory, local GP and board member of NHS West Lancashire CCG, said: “It’s important that people know when and what they can treat themselves and when they should seek further help. By taking simple steps to look after yourself this winter, you can have a significant impact on your health and wellbeing.
“When it comes to treating minor ailments and illnesses, examine your options available to you. You can get plenty of advice from your local pharmacist as well as the NHS Choices website. Remember, the accident and emergency departments and ambulance services are for life-threatening conditions. By selecting the right option, you can help the NHS to direct their focus to the patients who need it the most.”
More information on how everyone can use self-care to improve their health and wellbeing is available on the NHS Choices website.
To find out about local options, visit www.westlancashireccg.nhs.uk
To download our Examine Your Options posters which run through local healthcare service options available to you, please visit our patient and public resources page.