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NHS Chief calls on local people to use NHS services wisely as pressure mounts on A&E departments

Local NHS leader, Dr Gary Howsam, has called on people to use NHS services wisely as Accident and Emergency departments face increasing pressure ahead of the autumn and winter months.

Dr Howsam, who is a local GP and Chair of the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), is keen to encourage local people to ‘help us, help you’ to make sure they get the right support at the right time in the right place.

Dr Howsam explains:

“Our Emergency Departments are incredibly busy right now looking after very sick people. We know that they are also busy looking after people who should and could have been cared for elsewhere.

“If you’re not sure where to go, then help and advice is available 24/7 by visiting NHS 111 online or by calling 111. They will be able to give you advice and tell you where the best place to get the help and support you need is. This could include visiting one of our Minor Injury Units, speaking to your Pharmacist, or booking a GP appointment.”

Across Cambridgeshire and Peterborough there are Minor Injury Units in Ely, Doddington and Wisbech, with an Urgent Treatment Centre running at Peterborough City Hospital. GPs and Pharmacists across the area can also offer expert medical advice and care on a wide range of health issues.

Some common illnesses and ailments, such as the common cold, indigestion, and minor scrapes and cuts can safely be treated at home. Visit www.nhs.uk to find trusted advice for your health concern, including how you can look after yourself at home.