Public urged to choose the right care service during winter pressures

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Friday, January 30th, 2015
Choosing the right care may not mean a trip to an Emergency Department. The Health and Social Care Board (HSCB) is urging the public to ‘Think Where and Choose Well’ to help ease pressures on Health and Social Care services across Northern Ireland. There are a range of health services available to you in your area that can help. Last month the Board launched the ‘Choose Well’ campaign encouraging people to think carefully this winter about how they use health and social care services, should they or their family become unwell or have an accident. The ‘Choose Well’ campaign aims to help people gain a better understanding of the range of services available, from self-care at one end right up to 999 and Emergency Departments at the other. It encourages the public to choose the most appropriate option, so they can get better, quicker. Urging everyone to choose the right care service for them, Health and Social Care Board Chief Executive, Valerie Watts said, “We encourage the public who require care to ensure they choose the right service for them in line with our current ‘Choose Well’ campaign. “This will help ease the current pressures on our Emergency Departments, which provide the highest level of emergency care for patients, especially those with sudden and acute illness or severe trauma, “Many common ailments can be treated effectively through self-care at home or by seeking advice from your local pharmacist. However those with serious concerns about their health should of course always consult their GP or an Out-of-hours service such as Minor Injury Units or GP Out-of-Hours. Emergency and 999 services are for life threatening and serious conditions,” she added. For more information on the range of services available see or follow us on twitter –
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