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14 January 2014 at 14:02

Examine your options before using Accident and Emergency departments is the message from busy doctors and nurses.

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

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. Click the links for information about pharmacy opening times in Southport and Formby, and West Lancashire. 

Services providing advice on sexual health services can be contacted in 01704 385030 (Southport and Formby clinic), 01704 513303 (Southport Hospital) and 0151 247 6025 (south Sefton clinic).

“A&E is for people facing life-threatening and serious emergencies such as serious accidents, serious burns, breathing problems, heart attacks and strokes,” said Liz Yates, Director of Nursing at Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust.

“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 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 and choosing another NHS service – or even treating yourself.”