Shropshire, Telford & Wrekin Sustainability and Transformation Partnership (STP) are urging people to use the right NHS service for their needs, as local health services continue to be put under increased pressure due to high demand across the county.
Leaders from the Shropshire, Telford & Wrekin STP are asking people to do what they can to prevent themselves becoming unwell and make sensible decisions when it comes to choosing the right NHS service if they need help.
They recommend in a non-emergency or life-threatening situation people take action at the first signs of symptoms of winter illness such as colds, coughs, sore throat, small cuts or grazes, by resting at home or using over-the-counter medicines.
Pharmacists are best for advice and treating illnesses like diarrhea, earache, painful cough, sticky eye, teething and rashes. Managing health conditions effectively is a good thing, but you must seek medical advice if you are unsure. Calling NHS 111 or using 111.nhs.uk is best if you are feeling unwell, or if you need health advice and guidance in a non-life-threatening emergency.
The NHS and councils in the region are working together to manage demand to ensure people continue to receive safe and effective care in the area.
People can help to reduce pressure on health services by using the most appropriate NHS service for their needs or by helping a relative in hospital to return home when they are fit for discharge.
Choosing the right NHS service will help the public get the best advice quicker and will help reduce pressure on both A&E and GP services, freeing them up to help those who need them most.