Help your NHS and community this winter - choose the right health service

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.

Going to A&E or calling 999 should be reserved for when someone is seriously ill or severely injured, with symptoms such as severe breathing difficulties or persistent and heavy bleeding.

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.

What is a CCG?

A clinical commissioning group is an NHS organisation set up by the Health and Social Care Act 2012 to organise the delivery of NHS services in England.  It is clinically led by GPs and clinical staff who work with patients and are best placed to make decisions about local healthcare commissioning.   Find out more about the CCG

Find a local service

There is a wide range of health services available for local residents. You can the services finder below to search for a service near where you live.

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