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THE NHS BELONGS TO US ALL — LET’S USE IT RIGHT


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ou've got a cold. Do you pop into your local pharmacist and buy a pack of paracetamol


or make an appointment to see your GP? You've twisted your ankle. Do you spend 4 hours in A&E or be seen and treated in a minor injuries unit or urgent care centre? These are some of the questions that NHS


Hertfordshire wants users of health services in the county to think about to make sure that we all make the very best use of NHS services. Dr Tony Kostick, a Hertfordshire GP said: "It


is more important than ever before that we use NHS services efficiently. This means that we should go to the right place for the right treatment. By doing this we can all help make sure that we get the maximum out of the NHS – something that we all contribute to. So we are asking patients to use services responsibly and think about what is the right service to use. "Urgent care centres and minor injuries units


can treat a wide range of injuries from cuts and grazes to bites and broken bones. Going there instead of A&E could save the NHS nationally millions of pounds each year and it's better for patients too as you will get the same treatment and usually be in and out in less than half the time. "There is an urgent care centre at Hemel


Hempstead Hospital that's open 24 hours a day, every day of the year and minor injuries units at St Albans City Hospital (open 8am to 8pm every day except for Christmas day) and Mount Vernon Hospital (open 9am to 8pm every day).


"And asking your pharmacist to recommend an


over the counter medicine for illnesses such as upset stomach, indigestion and coughs and colds will save your time and your GP's time, as most of these conditions clear up on their own; a GP surgery is not the place to go for this type of thing. Remember too that you may visit your GP and leave without a prescription or a referral. This is a good thing as it means that you don't need them. No one wants to go to hospital or take medicines if they don't have to. Unnecessary appointments and medicines also waste valuable NHS resources." You can find out where your local urgent care


centres, minor injuries unit and pharmacies are by visiting www.herfordshire.nhs.uk


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