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Be #999wise

EMAS is asking people to choose wisely when it comes to dialling 999 for an ambulance.

If you call an ambulance unnecessarily you could be taking life-saving care away from someone who urgently requires it.

There are other options. If it is not an emergency you can:


• See your GP
• Visit an Urgent Care Centre. To find one
click here

• Contact a pharmacist

 

If you know it’s not an emergency, but are not sure what to do you can call NHS 111.


Be #999wise* and think before you dial!

 

*You can see what people have been saying about the EMAS #999wise campaign, and join the debate, by following us on twitter @EMASNHSTRUST

 


 

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If you become unwell or are injured make sure you choose the right NHS service to get the best treatment quickly 

  A&E or 999 

Choking. Chest pain. Blacking out. Blood loss.

 

Emergency services are very busy. They should only be used in very serious of life-threatening situations. Choosing well ensures that essential treatment is given, the shortest possible time.

 

Click here to find your nearest A&E.

 

 

  Walk-in / Urgent Care / Minor Injuries Unit 

Cuts. Strains. Itches. Sprains.

 

If you need treatment or advice which does not need a visit to A&E or a medical appointment. Choosing well ensures you receive the best possible treatment, leaving emergency services to those who need them most.

 

Click here to find your nearest Walk-in or Urgent Care Centre or MIU.

 

 

  GP  

Vomiting. Ear pain. Sore belly. Back ache.

  

Make an appointment with your local GP when you have an illness or

injury that will not go away. Choosing well ensures that you get the

treatment you need and reduces demand on emergency services.

 

Click here to find your nearest GP practice.

  

 

  Pharmacist 

Diarrhoea. Runny nose. Painful cough. Headache.

  

Visit a pharmacy when you are suffering from a common health problem which does not require being seen by a doctor or nurse. Choosing well ensures you get the treatment you need in the shortest possible time.

 

Click here to find your nearest pharmacy.

 

 

  NHS 111  

Unwell? Unsure? Confused? Need help?

  

Contact NHS advice line via telephone 111 if you are ill and have any questions about your health. Choosing well ensures you get expert advice, meaning busy NHS services can help those who need them most.

 

Click here to visit the NHS Direct website.

 

  

  Self-care 

Hangover. Grazed knee. Sore throat. Cough.

  

A lot of illnesses can be treated in your own home using over the counter medicine and getting plenty of rest. Self-care is the best choice to treat very minor illnesses and injuries.

 

Click here for useful self-care advice.

 

Choose Well

  

 

NHS services in your area

Click here to find healthcare

services in your area on the

NHS Choices website.

 

 

Check your symptoms

Click here to check your symptoms

and get useful advice on the 

NHS Direct website.

 

  

Healthcare advice

Click here to find out more about

a wide range of conditions

and treatments.

 

 

Heart attack

Click here to find out how to 

recognise the symptoms of a heart

attack and when to call 999.

 

 

Stroke

Click here to find out how to 

recognise the symptoms of a

stroke and know when to call 999.