Borough residents urged to choose well over Christmas

Dudley News: Borough residents urged to choose well over Christmas Borough residents urged to choose well over Christmas

THOSE feeling under the weather during the festive period are encouraged to choose their health services wisely and avoid unnecessary trips to A&E.

The borough has a range of NHS services available to help people facing a variety of illnesses and injuries including pharmacies, GP practices, out-of-hours service and walk-in centres.

Anyone feeling a little run down with a Christmas cold should stay at home, take pain-relieving paracetamol, stay well hydrated and rest.

An allergic reaction to new perfume, aftershave or cosmetics can be assessed by a pharmacist who can provide medication to help alleviate the symptoms.

Pharmacists can also provide remedies for indigestion caused by over-indulgence but if stomach ache persists, GPs can offer advice for the best course of investigation and treatment.

Care should be taken while using a sharp knife to carve the turkey, but anyone who does have a mishap and is left with a fairly deep and bleeding cut, can visit a walk-in centre or minor injuries unit where they can be treated if necessary.

Suspected sprained ankle or wrist following a trip or fall, can also be assessed at a walk-in centre.

To find local pharmacies and walk-in centres, visit www.nhs.uk

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