Choose Well this Easter - advice from health board


Hywel Dda University Health Board are reminding people in Carmarthenshire, Ceredigion and Pembrokeshire to Choose Well when preparing for the long Easter weekend, and to be aware of what community healthcare services are open.
The Choose Well colour coded thermometer helps people to link their symptoms with a NHS service.
The campaign aims to raise awareness of the full range of health services available locally so that people know where and when to access services that will best meet their needs.
Elaine Lorton, Assistant Director of Primary Care for Hywel Dda University Health Board said: "We would like to encourage people to think carefully about healthcare service they choose over the holiday period.
"Our highly skilled community pharmacists can help with a range of treatments including some minor injuries and ailments.
"By 'Choosing Well', people will receive the most appropriate treatment for their need, ensuring that our busy emergency services across mid and west Wales can help those who need them most."
Plan ahead for your Easter break by having essential medicines at home in a child-safe cupboard or first aid kit including paracetamol, anti-diarrhoeal medicine, plasters and a thermometer.
Don’t forget that your local pharmacist may be able to help if you do become unwell. To find out which pharmacy is open close to you over the long weekend visit: www.wales.nhs.uk/sitesplus/862/page/46867 or go to the NHS Direct symptom checker www.nhsdirect.wales.nhs.uk/selfassessments
In emergencies always dial 999. For non-urgent advice call NHS Direct Wales on 0845 46 47 or visit www.nhsdirect.wales.nhs.uk for advice.
Anyone needing mental health help are advised to contact the C.A.L.L. Mental Health Helpline on 0800 132 737, by texting ‘help’ to 81066 or by clicking on www.callhelpline.org.uk

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