With the half term holidays upon us, the NHS in North Kirklees is reminding everyone of the range of health services available. Cuts, bruises, bumps and grazes are some of the most common occurrences when children are off school, most of which can be treated by self-care.
It’s vital to make sure you choose the most appropriate NHS service, if your child or a member of your family is ill, so additional pressure is not put on our busy hospitals. So here are our top tips for a healthy half term:
- Where possible self-care (for common accidents and illnesses), and remember you can always seek advice from NHS 111 which operates 24 hours a day, 7 days a week on, or alternatively you can visit the NHS website at www.nhs.uk.
- Don’t forget you can also speak to your local pharmacist, who can provide confidential, expert advice and treatment for a range of common illnesses and complaints.
- Injuries that give more cause for concern such as sprains, strains, minor burns and wounds can be treated at the Locala Walk in Centre, which is open Monday to Friday 9am – 7pm and Saturday, Sunday & Bank Holidays 10am – 6pm, which can provide medical support and advice to anyone who comes through the door. Anyone wishing to go to the walk in centre should first book in at A&E reception. The centre can also help with urgent medical conditions that can’t wait to see a GP – e.g. Children with high temperatures; people with breathing problems; bladder and other painful infections; abdominal pain; severe headaches; worrying worsening of a long term condition.
- Your local GP surgery will be open normally during half term, if you need to see a doctor and it is not urgent, they are happy to help.
- Accident & Emergency (A&E) is only for the most urgent care such as serious accidents or medical emergencies.
Dr David Kelly, Chair, NHS North Kirklees Clinical Commissioning Group and local GP said: “After winter, school holiday periods are a busy time of year for NHS services, so we want to remind people of the small steps they can take to ensure illness doesn’t ruin their holiday, and if they are ill to use the right services.
“Make sure you have plenty of medical supplies in the house, for example some simple pain-killers, a paediatric paracetamol mixture for children and an adequate supply of any regular medications you or your family are being prescribed by your doctor.
“Remember, your local pharmacy can give advice on a wide range of conditions and can help. For simple accidents like sprains, you don’t always need to go to your GP practice.”
Visit www.nhs.uk to find your nearest pharmacy.