Choose Well is a campaign backed by NHS staff, to emphasise the message that A&E and 999 services are for life-threatening and emergency conditions. It uses a “traffic-light” system to sign-post the different services available.
There are a number of key things to remember that will help you to look after your health, and will help make sure that A&E and ambulance teams are free to treat people who have emergency conditions such as strokes and heart attacks or have had serious accidents:
- Your local high street chemist is an important part of the NHS team and can provide expert, fast and confidential advice and treatment for common complaints.
- If you have a long term condition, such as diabetes, lung problems or heart disease, make sure you get your seasonal flu jab – you are particularly at risk of developing complications if you catch the flu virus. Talk to your GP for information.
- If you take regular medication, make sure you are up-to-date with any repeat prescriptions, and talk to your local chemist or GP about a medicines review, which could help you to manage your health.
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