Are you accessing the most appropriate level of care? It is vitally important you are this winter to ensure services run smoothly.
In the South Tees area, there are a range of options available when you need medical help. We urge you to take the time to make the right choice.
Have you had your flu jab? If you have a long-term health condition or are pregnant, contact your GP practice to book an appointment. It is very important you are protected.
A lot of illnesses can be self-treated at home by making use of a well-prepared first aid kit and getting plenty of rest. Visit www.urgentoremergency.co.uk for more health advice.
For weather-related advice on health and travel, with tips on how you can protect your home and property, visit www.metoffice.gov.uk/weatherready
Your local pharmacist can also help with any minor concerns, did you know 98 per cent of the South Tees population live within a 20 minute walk of a pharmacy? Your local pharmacist is a highly trained health professional and can offer advice on a wide range of ailments and conditions.
If you have an illness or injury that won’t go away, make an appointment to visit your GP. South Tees CCG has 37 GP practices available as normal from 8am to 6pm, five days a week. You can now also book urgent and routine appointments at extended hours GP hubs on evenings and weekends via your GP surgery.
For cuts, sprains and strains, Minor Injury Units (MIUs) can help. There is an MIU at Redcar Hospital.
If you need urgent medical advice but it is not life-threatening, call NHS 111 for free. If you experience a mental health crisis, contact your GP surgery or 111 who can refer you to an assessment.
Remember, A&E is for emergencies only! In serious and life-threatening situations, call 999 or go to A&E.
By making the right choice, you can help us help you.