Health professionals are reminding the people of Wolverhampton to be aware of the full range of NHS services available to them when they or a family member become ill – to make sure they can choose the best one for their needs.
On Saturday 28 January representatives from Wolverhampton Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), Wolverhampton Public Health and City of Wolverhampton Council joined together to chat to the people of Wolverhampton about these choices.
The team spoke to over 130 people outside Asda at Molineux about how to choosing the right service at the right time. They talked to people about how to use pharmacy services for a cough or cold, the importance of keeping your home warm, above 18 degrees, and to use NHS 111 for advice and guidance.
By being fully aware of their choices and when to use them, you can ensure you will receive the best advice or treatment for a variety of symptoms and conditions.
Dr Dan DeRosa, Chair of Wolverhampton CCG said, ‘It is important that everyone receives the right care for them but patients may not be aware of the variety of NHS services that are available to help them in times of need.
“Your local pharmacist, for example, can offer advice for a range of minor illnesses which are best taken care of at home – including the coughs, colds and sore throats which are particularly common at this time of year.
“Alternatively, if you have a problem while your GP or pharmacist is closed you can call 111, the NHS’s non-emergency number which is available 24 hours a day and free to call from mobiles and landlines. Here you can talk to a highly trained adviser who will ask you a series of questions to assess your symptoms and immediately direct you to the best health care for your needs.
“For more information on any of these services and to talk to members of our team visit us on our Stay Well in Wolverhampton Bus which will be travelling around the city.”
Members of the City of Wolverhampton Council's Healthy Lifestyle Service will also be offering free Health Checks on the bus, including BMI and blood pressure tests and lifestyle advice.
If you missed out there are still opportunities to talk to our team over the next two weekends with the next bus parked at Queens Square this Friday, 3 February, from 9am – 4pm.
For more information please visit www.wolverhamptonccg.nhs.uk/stay-well