Health Board campaign urges patients to 'choose well'
9:02am Sunday 6th October 2013 in News
HYWEL Dda Health Board’s choose well campaign, which aims to help address the rising demand on emergency care services, hit Pembroke Dock on Tuesday (October).
Staff were on hand to talk to patients about the health board’s choose well campaign at Argyle Street Surgery, which aims to increase patients’ understanding of the services available.
Colour-coded leaflets detailing advice on which services to use in different instances were available.
It is hoped the campaign will help save lives. Evidence shows a significant number of people still go to hospital emergency departments or dial 999 when there are other services more convenient and suitable for their needs.
Pharmacy manager John Davies said: “Very often people do not need to see a GP. We can advise patients on minor ailments, pain relief, skin complaints, and coughs and colds, over the counter or on the telephone.
“We also provide diabetes testing and blood pressure monitoring.”
Argyle Street Surgery GP Dr Richard Bury said: “People need to realise that most illness is self limiting and doesn’t need specialist treatment.
“People need to step back and think whether they really need to see a doctor or pharmacist at all or is it something they can treat themselves.”
For more information contact Hywel Dda Health Board on 01267 239554 or go to www.hywelddahb.wales.nhs.uk/choosewell.