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Widnes Vikings stars and legends
 of Rugby League are teaming up
 to help local people learn how
 to make the right NHS choices.

By choosing the right NHS options when you are sick or injured, you can be treated quicker and
 help take pressure off local health services.

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Let's work together to Beat The Scrum in the NHS!

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For conditions that you can treat yourself...Visit your Pharmacy

Pharmacies do much more than provide medicine! All pharmacists can recognise many common health complaints. They can give expert advice and, when necessary, provide medicines that will help clear up the problem.

Many pharmacies are open at weekends and into evenings, which means you can get advice at a time that suits you. If they need to, they can also refer you to your doctor or another health service.

For conditions that you can't treat yourself, but aren't urgent...Visit your GP

GP’s help treat and advise on conditions that you can’t care for yourself but don’t need immediate treatment.

They deal with a host of medical issues, and can refer you to hospitals or to see a consultant with specialist knowledge if they need to.

Remember, if it’s an everyday condition that you feel you can treat yourself, visit your local pharmacy first.

If you need urgent treatment, but it's not serious or life threatening...Visit a Walk-In Center or Urgent Care

Walk-In Centres or Urgent Care Centres offer quality support for non-emergency situations. With specialist colleagues and facilities such as x-ray machines, they are able to treat you quickly and effectively.

You don’t need to make an appointment to be seen at these services. Most Walk In / Urgent Care services are open all year round and outside of office working hours.

The average waiting time at a Walk In or Urgent Care Centre is often less than one hour, compared to sometimes as long as four hours at A & E – so if you don’t need accident and emergency, this is your best choice!

For serious or life-threatening situations that need urgent attention...Visit Accident and Emergency

Accident and Emergency services deal with genuine life-threatening emergencies. A&E is open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

Because it’s there for people in real need, it’s important that we only use it in essential situations – if not, save yourself time and reduce pressure on the NHS by choosing Urgent Care / Walk In Centres.

More than 120,000 people unnecessarily visited Accident and Emergency in our local communities last year, wasting more than £10m and putting the NHS under real pressure. So let’s work together to Beat The Scrum at A&E!

NOT SURE OF YOUR BEST OPTION?

Dial 111

If you’re not sure which NHS service you need, call 111. You’ll speak to an assessor who’ll
 give you the advice you need, or direct you straight away to the best service for you

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