Residents urged to try not to just use A&E

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Sheffield residents are being urged to take advantage of the full range of NHS service available in the city over the festive season - not just A&E.

Pharmacists can offer advice on common problems including coughs, colds, aches and pains as well as giving advice on the safe use of prescription and over-the-counter medicines.

They can also help people decide whether they need to see a doctor.

Anyone needing medical attention when their GP practices are closed can access the GP out-of-hours service by calling 111.

It can give advice about which NHS services are open and able to help. It is available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

Walk-in services treat minor illnesses and injuries that do not require a visit to A&E.

The Broad Lane Walk-in Centre is open from 8am to 10pm, seven days a week, 365 days a year and sees people of all ages without an appointment.

The Minor Injuries Unit at the Royal Hallamshire hospital is open from 8am – 8pm every day of the year, except Christmas Day, and provides treatment for adults with less serious injuries, such as sprains, cuts and grazes.

Dr StJohn Livesey, Sheffield GP and Clinical Director for Urgent Care at NHS Sheffield Clinical Commissioning Group, said: “There are many health services available for less serious conditions and injuries and we urge people to use them. “Please bear in mind that the A&E department is for serious and life threatening emergencies only, but of course if it is an emergency visit the Northern General Hospital for over 16s and Sheffield Children’s Hospital for 16s and under.

“A lot of common and minor illnesses such as coughs, colds, sore throats and upset stomachs can be treated in your home by using over the counter medicine so please make sure you have a well-stocked medicine cabinet to deal with minor illnesses and accidents.”

Visit www.sheffieldccg.nhs.uk