Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Right Place, Right Time; How to Access the Correct Treatment for Your Problem

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Right Place, Right Time; How to Access the Correct Treatment for Your Problem

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DID you know that it's estimated that almost half of all Accident and Emergency attendances could have been treated by a GP, a local pharmacist or, with basic self-care, first aid and advice? Many people automatically go to Accident and Emergency as soon as they feel ill or have an accident. Here are some of the options to help you get the right treatment you need.

Self-care A well-stocked medicine cabinet will help you deal with many common illnesses.

Keep all medicines out of sight and reach of children and always follow the dosage instructions on the label.

If you have an on-going medical condition such as asthma ensure you have adequate supplies of the medication you require at home.

Pharmacist Your local pharmacist is able to give expert advice without an appointment.

Each pharmacy has a fully qualified pharmacist available to offer free advice on common ailments, health matters, and medicines. Pharmacists also provide contraception and emergency contraception (the morning after pill).

For local pharmacy contact details, please visit

GPs (family doctors) Your local GP practice provides a comprehensive range of services including general medical advice and treatment.

They deal with a very broad range of complaints, including infections like cystitis and sore throats, mental health problems such as depression and anxiety, joint pains and arthritis. If you require more specialised care they will refer you to a specialist service or hospital. If it is not life-threatening, call your GP first. Your GP has your records and knows your medical history, medicines, and allergies. Your GP can also admit you to hospital if needed.

Most surgeries are open Monday to Friday, 8am to 6pm (some practices have extended hours).

GP out-of-hours This out of hours service is only available when your GP surgery is closed. Call 0845 603 3131 if you urgently need to see a nurse or family doctor and you cannot safely wait until the GP surgery is open.

A trained nurse or doctor will assess your needs and then advise and direct you to the most appropriate place for you to get treatment. …

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