Choose well when it comes to health

A MORPETH doctor is urging families to help their local NHS by selecting the right service for them at the right time.

Dr Alistair Blair, who is Chief Clinical and Accountable Officer of NHS Northumberland Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), is encouraging local residents to remember the Choose Well campaign.

The scheme uses a colour-coded thermometer to help people link their symptoms with a particular NHS service that will provide the most appropriate treatment.

“If you or a member of your family becomes unwell or are injured, a range of NHS services exist to help you to get well,” said Dr Blair.

“Choosing the right one will ensure you receive the best possible treatment and allow in-demand services to help those in most need.

“We would always remind people that their GP practice should be their first port of call if they need urgent treatment for a minor illness or injury, but in other cases, you can get expert advice from your local community pharmacy, go to an NHS walk-in centre or minor injury clinic, go online at www.nhsdirect.nhs.uk or call NHS Direct on 0845 4647.”