Examine Your Options This Winter...

Do you know what your options are this winter?

NHS Knowsley Clinical Commissioning Group, which is made up of local GP practices, is asking you to Examine Your Options so that you can choose the right health service for your needs this winter:
Self Care by stocking up on medicines for coughs and colds at home to see you through the winter months and making sure you’re up to date with your repeat prescriptions from your GP before weekends and bank holidays.
Visit www.nhs.uk – the largest health website in the country, for information about hundreds of health issues, and details of pharmacies, dentists and GPs in your area.

Local pharmacies open early until late and can offer free, friendly, confidential, expert advice and treatment for everyday illnesses and you don’t need an appointment.

Walk-in centres provide treatment 365 days of the year for illnesses you can't treat yourself. There’s no need for an appointment, just walk-in.

Call NHS 111 when you need medical help fast but it's not a 999 emergency, or if you need emergency treatment when your dentist is closed for the Christmas holidays. NHS 111 is available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Calls are free from landlines and mobiles.

Ring your GP for non-emergency illnesses which you can’t treat yourself.They are open from 8am – 6.30pm weekdays (except for public bank holidays). Same day appointments and same day home visits are available if needed.

When your surgery is closed you can still see a local GP, just ring your GP practice and your call will be re-directed to the GP Out-of-Hours service.

Options also provide a see and treat service in 4 locations in Knowsley. You do not need to register with the service. To book an appointment with a GP or nurse via the free 24 hour booking line 0800 917 3683.

If you don't have a GP, perhaps because you're new to the area or you're a student, you can register with your local surgery. If you're not sure where this is you can find out at www.nhs.uk or call 0300 311 22 33.

Hospital A&E departments assess and treat patients with serious injuries or illnesses so, if you feel unwell but your case is not an emergency, please consider other ways you can get advice from your local NHS services (as above).

Call 999 when someone is seriously ill or injured and you think their life is at risk. if it's not an emergency needing medical health call NHS 111.  
      For more information about NHS services visit www.nhs.uk