While we hope not to, many of us might realistically expect that at some point over the winter we will catch one of the many bugs doing the rounds.
NHS organisations across North East Hampshire and Farnham are urging people to understand what health service to use if you feel unwell over the winter to help make sure that the thousands of people feeling unwell this winter get the care they need, as swiftly as possible.
If urgent medical help or information is needed, or an individual is unsure of what service they require, call NHS 111. It is a free service, available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The 111 service does not offer diagnosis over the phone; it advises and directs the individual to the appropriate service.
If your illness is not life threatening and you have been feeling unwell for a while it is likely that you may need to contact your doctor.
Not all ailments require a GP appointment; pharmacists are an excellent source of help and are fully trained to give advice for a wide variety of symptoms. This means you don’t have to spend time waiting in GP practice where you could catch other bugs and illnesses.
As well as the pharmacist, the NHS Choices website can provide lots of useful information to relieve symptoms at home.