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NHS Direct

Offers free expert health information and advice 24-hours a day on 0845 4647 or at their website, www.nhsdirect.nhs.uk which also offers an enquiry service. For deaf people and those hard of hearing, a telephone service is available on 0845 606 4647. If English is not your preferred language, you can choose to use a confidential translation service.

Minor Ailments Scheme

pills_and_scopeCommunity Pharmacists will be able to give you free health advice and treatment if you receive free prescriptions, at any time through the Pharmacy Care Scheme – you don’t need an appointment. All you need is your NHS number, which will be readily given by the practice. The service covers diarrhoea, constipation, earache, flu symptoms, indigestion, thrush, skin conditions and general pain to name only a few.

Minor Injury Units

You don't need to be registered to have an appointment to access your local Minor Injury Units. Your local services are located below.

Freedom Centre, Preston Road, Hull (tel. 344580) - no x-ray facilities, open 9am-5pm Monday to Friday, closed Saturday and Sunday.

Bransholme Health Centre, Hull (tel. 344665) - no x-ray facilities, open 9am-8pm, seven days per week.

Beverley Westwood Hospital, Beverley (tel. 478880) - x-ray and plastering facilities, open until 5pm only.

Accident and emergency/999

Whatever the day or time, if you or someone else experiences severe chest pain, loss of blood or suspected broken bones, go to your nearest accident and emergency department or call 999.

Accident and emergency departments are open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year and can assess serious injuries and provide emergency treatment.

Self Care

As well as our practice, there are many other local NHS services you can contact for health advice, information or treatment. Before you do, remember that you can treat many minor ailments such as colds, coughs and indigestion by keeping a well-stocked medicine cabinet at home.

We suggest you keep the following:

  • Paracetamol and aspirin (children under 16 and people with asthma should not take aspirin)
  • Mild laxatives
  • Anti-diarrhoea medicines
  • Rehydration mixture
  • Indigestion remedy (for example, antacids)
  • Travel sickness tablets
  • Sunscreen – SPF15 or higher
  • Sunburn treatment (for example, calamine)
  • Tweezers and sharp scissors
  • A thermometer
  • A selection of plasters, non-absorbent cotton wool, elastic bandages and dressings.

Remember

  • Keep the medicine chest in a secure, locked place out of reach of small children.
  • Always read the instructions and use the suggested dose
  • Watch expiry dates – don’t keep or use medicines past their sell-by date
  • Take all unwanted and out-of-date medicines back to the pharmacy
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