With the recent cold snap we were reminded that winter is coming and we all need to get ready to help ourselves and others around us to keep safe and well.
Get your flu jab
Flu vaccinations are available at GP practices across Tameside for patients who are more vulnerable if they catch flu. If you are any of the following then you qualify for a flu jab:
If you qualify or have children aged 2 and 3 years old, visit your GP practice website for further information or give them a call. You can also choose to go to a participating pharmacist instead.
Make sure you get the right treatment at the right place. Being in the right place will ensure that you get the treatment you need, when you need it, rather than visiting a number of different healthcare providers unnecessarily. There are lots of options available locally.
Lots of problems can be treated just by looking after yourself. Making sure you have over the- counter products such as painkillers, antiseptics and plasters in your medicine cupboard means that if you or your family becomes unwell, you have something to help.
Drinking plenty of water is a good way to help you get better if you are feeling unwell. Getting plenty of rest can also help.
Visiting your pharmacist can be a quick way of accessing medical help and advice. As well as dispensing prescriptions, they provide a wide range of services and immediate help and advice on many illnesses such as cold and flu, stomach upsets and sore throats. For a list of pharmacies visit https://www.tamesideandglossopccg.org/
Contact your GP
You should visit your GP if you or a family member has a condition that you or your pharmacist cannot treat.
Urgent Treatment (including walk-in)
If you have a condition that needs prompt medical help to avoid it deteriorating, but is not life-threatening, then the new and enhanced urgent treatment centre (including walk-in access) at Tameside Hospital and primary care access service is there to help you.
The Urgent Treatment Centre (UTC)/walk in centre next to A&E at Tameside Hospital is open 9am to 9pm seven days a week for conditions that require prompt medical help.
The Primary Care Access Service (PCAS) offers appointment times outside traditional GP practice hours. Patients can pre-book – via their GP practice - routine evening or weekend appointments with a healthcare professional at one of five neighbourhood hubs, Ashton, Glossop, Hyde, Denton and Stalybridge. Also, when GP practices are closed, patients who require urgent but not life-threatening assistance may also be offered an appointment at one of the five neighbourhood hubs via NHS 111.
If you experience toothache, try to relieve the problem with painkillers in the first instance. If the problem persists then you should make an appointment to see your dentist. If you do not have a dentist, or you need an urgent appointment out of hours ring: 0333 332 3800 or NHS 111.
For free and confidential advice and guidance on where to get the right information or assistance you can speak to the NHS by calling 111 or access online at www.111.nhs.uk
Accident and Emergency at Tameside Hospital
Accident and Emergency (A&E) is for hospital attention due to serious illness or injury only. Visit A&E if it’s a serious or life threatening situation.
Remember A&E should only be used in extreme circumstances.