Accessing The Right Health Care For Your Kids This October Half Term

23 October 2020 4:06pm

The NHS can still be accessed during October half term and health leaders from Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) are urging parents to choose the most appropriate service if they require medical advice or treatment for their children.

There are different services available depending on your health concern.

Local GP practices are still open for any health concerns. However, during COVID-19 do not just turn up at your GP practice, you must book an appointment either online or by phone first.

Local pharmacies will be open over half term for advice and over-the-counter treatments, such as colds, stomach aches and sore throats. Check your local pharmacy’s opening times.

For non-emergency health concerns, please contact NHS 111. This service is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and can be accessed online at www.111.nhs.uk or by calling 111 for free from mobiles and landlines.

Minor Injury Units can treat a range of conditions including sprains and strains; broken bones; minor burns and scalds; head injuries; insect and animal bites and stings; minor eye injuries; and cuts, bruising and grazes.

Local Minor Injury Units are located at Bridgnorth Community Hospital, Ludlow Community Hospital, Oswestry Health Centre and Whitchurch Community Hospital.

A&E and 999 should only be used in life-threatening emergencies.

If you have COVID-19 symptoms, including a high temperature, a new, continuous cough and/or loss of taste or smell, you should get a test and everyone in your household and support bubble must self-isolate. Visit www.111.nhs.uk/COVID-19 for further advice.

Dr Julian Povey, Chair of Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin CCGs, says: “The NHS is here for you and your family this October half term. If you need help, you can support the NHS by seeking medical advice from the most appropriate service.

"If you’re not sure which service to use for your health concern, and it’s not a life-threatening emergency, visit NHS online or call 111.

“For common ailments and illnesses, remember to keep your medicine cabinet well-stocked with necessities such as anti-histamines, a thermometer, pain relief (paracetamol and ibuprofen), indigestion treatment and a first aid kit (plasters, bandage, antiseptic cream).

“When enjoying the half term break, we urge you to follow the government guidance surrounding COVID-19. Remember to keep two metres social distance, wear a face covering and wash your hands regularly.”