Top tips on looking after your health
The Countess of Chester is committed to supporting the people of West Cheshire and North Wales to Stay Well over the Bank Holiday.
Being ill at holiday times is never fun so we’re urging local people to stock up on vital medicines and make sure that repeat prescriptions are ordered in advance of the bank holiday weekend.
Be prepared for common ailments by keeping a well-stocked medicine cabinet at home. Useful items to have handy include:
- Pain relief such as paracetamol and ibuprofen. Please note that aspirin must not be given to children under 16. Pregnant women should not take ibuprofen and it must be taken with caution if you have certain conditions, such as asthma. Please check first with your pharmacist if in doubt.
- Paediatric paracetamol oral suspension or ibuprofen syrups for children.
- Cough and cold remedies.
- Sore throat remedies.
- Anti-diarrhoea treatments.
- Indigestion remedies.
- Simple dressings and plasters.
111 is the NHS non-emergency number. It's fast, easy and free. Call 111 and speak to a highly trained adviser, supported by healthcare professionals.
They will ask you a series of questions to assess your symptoms and immediately direct you to the best medical care for you.
NHS 111 is available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Calls are free from landlines and mobile phones.
More information about NHS 111 is available here: www.nhs.uk/NHSEngland/AboutNHSservices/Emergencyandurgentcareservices/Pages/NHS-111.aspx
Accident and Emergency
People are urged to go to their local A&E department
or dial 999 only in critical or life-threatening situations.
- loss of consciousness
- acute confused state and fits that are not stopping
- persistent, severe chest pain
- breathing difficulties
- severe bleeding that cannot be stopped
- severe allergic reactions
- severe burns or scalds
In the case of suspected heart attack or stroke call 999 immediately. Every second counts with these conditions.
Finding local services
Not sure where your nearest pharmacy, dentist or GP practice is? Find out now via the NHS Choices service directory: www.nhs.uk/service-search
Routine GP and nurse appointments are available over Easter via General Practice Extended Hours. To book an Extended Hours appointment call 0300 123 7743. More here: https://www.westcheshireccg.nhs.uk/findinglocalservices/general-practice.html
Pharmacists are expert healthcare professionals who can provide specialist advice for a wide range of health conditions – and you don’t need to book an appointment to see them.
Local pharmacy opening times:
To find out more about local pharmacies and to check opening times the Easter Holiday, click here: www.cpcw.org.uk
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Importantly, the campaign also highlights the small lifestyle changes each and every one of us can make which can have a big impact on our health and wellbeing.
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