NHS Somerset plea for your help

COVID-19 restrictions have been lifted, but COVID 19 has not gone on holiday. The latest figures we have showed over 40 patients in Somerset hospital beds with the virus. Added to NHS services in general are extremely busy.

With increasing pressure on services the Somerset CCG is appealing to people to make sure they use the NHS appropriately if they are ill across the bank holiday weekend.

If you need medical advice or treatment and are not sure where to go – call NHS 111 first or go to www.111.nhs.uk for immediate advice, 24 hours a day – 7 days a week.

Please remember that our Emergency Departments (A&E) are for serious and life-threatening emergencies and injuries only.

There is a broad range of local healthcare services away from hospital where you can access advice and treatment. For advice and care on most summer conditions including hay fever, heat exhaustion, insect bites and sunburn, as well as wider minor illnesses and injuries such as falls, you can visit your local community pharmacy and speak to a highly experienced pharmacist who can give you advice and recommend products and medication.

Professor Trudi Grant, Somerset Director of public health, said: “The county’s hospital emergency departments are very busy at the moment and get busier on a bank holiday weekend. Unless you have a serious or life-threatening condition, we strongly recommend that you think ‘111 First’ by contacting 111.nhs.uk online or call 111 if you need medical help that is not an emergency.

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