NHS Halton Clinical Commissioning Group is encouraging people to look after themselves and others this winter by choosing the right health service to meet their treatment needs.
The Help us, Help You Stay Well campaign aims to give local people an understanding of how to navigate the NHS, so they can get the right help and advice when they need it in a timely manner via the most appropriate service.
Dr Andrew Davies, Clinical Chief Officer NHS Halton CCG said: "NHS organisations and local councils work together to prepare for winter, but it's also important that you understand the range of treatment options available to you and your family, so you're prepared in case you need health care advice or guidance.
"We are encouraging local people to Help us, Help you Stay Well and choose the best place to go to get the most suitable treatment, should they encounter a cold or flu, bruise, sprain, minor wound or fracture.
"For example, pharmacists are the best first option if you or someone you care for feels unwell this winter. They can provide expert advice and treatment for many common complaints such as stomach upsets or coughs."
Help Us, Help You Stay Well this winter by following these top tips to look after yourself and your family:
There are a range of minor illnesses and injuries that you can treat at home. Stock up your medicine cabinet with over-the-counter remedies to treat minor injuries and illnesses.
2. NHS 111
If you need advice fast and you're not sure what to do, call 111 for health care advice that is fast, easy and free. In some areas, you can also access NHS 111 online. To see if you can access help from NHS 111 online in your area, visit: https://111.nhs.uk/ and enter your postcode
Your GP is your first point of contact for non-emergency illnesses which you can't treat yourself and some practices can offer same day appointments if necessary. When the practice is closed, you can still see a local GP with the GP out of hours service. Just call 111 and you will be connected to an adviser.
Get answers to hundreds of health questions, including common childhood illnesses at www.nhs.uk 24 hours a day!