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18 September 2015 at 13:54
Examine your options if you need medical help is the message from a health chief as the darker, chill autumn nights draw in.

“As we all get used to being back at work and school after the summer holidays, it’s worth remembering that there are many routes to getting medical care,” said Simon Featherstone, Director of Nursing and Quality at Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust.

“Coughs, colds, sore throats, upset stomachs, general aches and pains, and flu will usually clear up on their own. Keep warm, drink plenty of fluids and, if appropriate, treat with over-the-counter painkillers such as paracetamol.

“You should contact a GP or the GP out of hours service for help with injuries or illnesses that won’t go away.

“A&E is for people facing life-threatening and serious emergencies such as serious accidents, serious burns, breathing problems, heart attacks and strokes.

“You don’t need an appointment at A&E but we’ll make an assessment on arrival and, depending on how urgent treatment is needed, you may have to wait up to four hours. The triage nurse or clinician may also signpost you to a different health care provider such as your GP, dentist or pharmacy.

“That’s why you might be better examining your options first and choosing another NHS service – or even treating yourself.

“Alternatively, West Lancashire Health Centre at Ormskirk hospital is open from 8am to 10pm all year round. Skelmersdale NHS Walk-in Centre at The Concourse is open from 7am to 10pm weekdays and 9am to 5pm on weekends.

“Local pharmacies and NHS Choices are also a good source of information and advice.”


Issued by Tony Ellis, Marketing and Communications Manager
Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust

Telephone 01704 704494
Email tonyellis@nhs.net
Web www.southportandormskirk.nhs.uk
Twitter @SONHSTrust


Notes for editors

1. Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust manages Southport and Formby District General Hospital and Ormskirk and District General Hospital, and is responsible for many community healthcare services for adults in Southport, Formby and West Lancashire. We also provide sexual health services across Sefton and West Lancashire. The North West Regional Spinal Injuries is operated by the Trust at Southport hospital. In 2014/15, we saw 270,141 outpatients; treated 59,808 inpatients; made 280,831 home visits in the community; supported the birth of 2,747 babies; and attended to 110,620 urgent care cases. The Trust employs 3,472 staff.