People across the North East and North Cumbria are being
reminded to be prepared, stay safe and use the right services over
the approaching May bank holidays.
• Be prepared
for common health problems by keeping a well-stocked medicine
cabinet at home.
pharmacists are part of your expert NHS health care team and are
excellent at giving lots of advice about self-care and medications
to treat common health conditions at home.
• Health advice
and information is also available via the NHS App or the NHS
website, or from your local GP practice website which link to a
range of online services.
For children's health advice you can download
The Little Orange Book
which covers a wide range of illnesses in children from common
minor ailments including teething, constipation, and colds, through
to more serious conditions.
Minor illness or injury
If you do suffer a minor injury or illness, NHS111 online is a
great place to seek advice and can help you reach the right place
for your care.
If you require emergency care, you should call 999, or go to
your nearest Emergency Department. You should ONLY
call 999 or go to an Emergency Department if you or someone else
has a life-threatening emergency, such as:
British Sign Language (BSL) speakers can make a BSL video call to
Deaf people can use 18000 to contact 999 using text relay.
If you are concerned about how much you, or someone you know,
drinks, there's lots of help available, including talking to your
You can find your
local alcohol support service or contact:
Drinkline freephone: 0300 123 1110
Alcoholics Anonymous: 0845 769 7555
'As I was very, very nervous, I must have been the worst patient
ever and they were brilliant with me and I can't thank them enough
- could you please pass on my sincere thanks.'
Patient, Hysteroscopy Unit, Chester-le-Street Community