ROTHERHAM patients are being urged to make sure they choose the right place for treatment when they fall ill this winter.
Accident and emergency departments and GPs' surgeries are currently dvery busy, especially with an increase of flu sufferers.
NHS Rotherham has relaunched its Choose Well campaign to reduce pressure on health services.
The main aim is to make people aware that the NHS offers a number of options including GPs, pharmacies, the Rotherham Walk-in Centre or NHS Direct.
Dr David Plews, medical director at NHS Rotherham said: “People visit the A & E department with a range of illnesses from serious injuries to minor cuts and bruises.
“A & E departments or calling 999 should just be reserved for people who are badly injured or showing symptoms of a critical illness such as chest pain although it goes without saying, if you are worried we are always here to help.
“Choosing Well helps us to help those who need it most and for those with minor ailments, helps them to get the health services they need quicker and easier.
“In some cases staying at home and looking after yourself is the best care leaving emergency services for those who need them most.
“We are really lucky in Rotherham to have an excellent range of services to meet everyone's health needs.”
The campaign will be promoted in GP surgeries, pharmacies and Rotherham General Hospital through leaflets, posters and flyers.
The Walk-in Centre based at Rotherham Community Health Centre is open from 8am to 9pm every day of the year except for Christmas Day.
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