Doctors across Lancashire are urging people to avoid using A&E departments unless they have had an accident or are suffering from a serious condition.
With the drop in temperature and slippery conditions, the demand on all NHS services usually increases. Doctors are reminding people of the services available to them and encouraging them to choose the most appropriate one.
People can choose to self care for treatment of minor illnesses, ailments and injuries such as coughs, colds, diarrhoea and sickness.
You can also visit the NHS Choices website for information on a wide variety of illnesses.
People can also visit their pharmacy for confidential, expert advice and treatment for a range of common illnesses and complaints or their GP for illnesses and injuries that won’t go away
You can also dial 111, the new 24 hour seven day a week telephone number to guide you to the most appropriate option if you have an illness that you think needs medical attention
A&E should be for people in a critical or life threatening situation.
Dr Alex Gaw, chairman of NHS Lancashire North Clinical Commissioning Group, said: “At busy times such as New Year, it is important that everyone knows when pharmacies will be open.
“Pharmacies do a lot more than issuing prescriptions; they can give advice on a wide range of ailments as well as offering advice.” Visit: www.lancashirenorthccg.nhs.uk/pharmacy-opening-times