With the winter weather putting extra pressure on the NHS, Berkshire's Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) are urging anyone feeling unwell or who has hurt themselves to look at the best option for treatment rather than going straight to A&E.
People are being encouraged to consider a range of options which include:
- Self treatment for minor illnesses and injuries
- Visiting local pharmacies who can provide a range of treatments for common complaints as well as giving advice
- Calling NHS 111 for advice. The NHS Choices website also contains a lot of valuable advice on a wide range of complaints.
- Making an appointment with their GP
- Reading's Walk-in Centre in Broad Street Mall which is open every day including weekends from 8am to 8pm.
- The Minor Injuries Unit in Thatcham which is open 8am to 10pm
- Urgent Care Centre in Bracknell (Brants Bridge)
- Urgent Care Centre in Maidenhead (St Marks Hospital)
- Walk-in Centre in Slough (Upton Hospital) 8am – 8pm all year
- Townlands Hospital Henley Minor Injuries Unit, 9am – 8pm.
Emmer Green GP and Berkshire West CCG's Urgent Care Lead, Dr Andy Ciecierski said: "The cold weather causes an increase in the number of people who feel unwell so it is important that people only go to their local A&E if their complaint is serious to make sure the staff there are able to treat the people who most need their help."