NHS – Feeling unwell ? 

It does not have to be Accident & Emergency (A&E) Oxfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group is making sure you have all the information you need to choose the right health services, first time should you become ill.

If you feel unwell then ‘Choose Well’ for expert advice and help. Choose Well means knowing about the different health services available and choosing the best one for your illness or injury. A&E and 999 are for serious or critical conditions or life threatening emergencies only. There are many alternatives available. Choosing Well will help to ensure that the right NHS care is available when you need it.

By choosing well:

  • You get the right care, first time
  • You will often be treated more quickly than at A&E
  • It helps free up the emergency departments to treat people with life threatening conditions

There are lots of different ways people can access the right NHS service and make sure they get the right treatment, at the right time and a place that is convenient for them. By choosing well, you will get the right treatment and help busy NHS services care for the people who really need them.

1. Self-Care – be prepared Making sure you are as well as you can be, and protecting yourself from winter infections and viruses is important. To begin with, make sure you are prepared and your medicine cabinet is stocked up with:

  • Paracetamol or ibuprofen for pain and /or fever in adults or children
  • Anti-diarrhoeal medicine
  • Rehydration mixture
  • Plasters
  • A thermometer

If you are unlucky enough to get a cough, cold or flu, buying over the counter medicine, staying at home and keeping warm will make you feel much better. Of course, if your symptoms worsen, you should seek a routine doctor’s appointment or call NHS 111 for advice.If you are pregnant, are aged over 65, or have a long term health condition (such as diabetes, asthma and a heart condition), you can get a free seasonal flu jab from your GP.If you have a computer, the NHS Choices symptom checker can be very useful in helping you to manage any worrying symptoms.There is a wide range of up- to- date health information on the NHS Choices website. Please visit: http://bit.ly/12kyV0

2. Pharmacists Pharmacists can offer a range of healthcare services; they provide additional services such as advice about minor illnesses (for example coughs, colds, diarrhoea and vomiting), stop smoking advice, the morning after pill, advice on how to manage your medicines as well as ordering repeat prescriptions. Most pharmacists also offer private consulting rooms so you do not need to talk over the counter.  People are urged to be aware of local pharmacy openings times and also to restock their winter medicine cabinet with remedies to treat common winter ailments.

3.  NHS 111 If it is not a 999 emergency and you do not know who to call for medical help, perhaps because you GP surgery is closed, then you can call NHS 111 for advice.  Calls from landlines and mobiles will be free.

4. Minor Injuries Units Minor injuries units are for injuries, such as deep cuts, eye injuries, broken bones, severe sprains, minor head injury, minor burns and scalds. Many people go to A&E when they could be treated just as well and probably quicker at a minor injuries unit.In A&E staff must give priority to serious and life-threatening conditions, so if you go there with a minor injury you may have to wait longer to be seen. It is better to go to a minor injuries unit if there is one locally.You do not need an appointment to visit a minor injuries unit. They are run by a team of highly qualified nurse practitioners with a lot of experience and expertise in the treatment of minor injuries. Minor injuries units can treat a wide variety of problems including cuts and grazes, sprains and strains, broken bones (fractures), bites and stings, minor eye infections and scratches or something stuck in your eye.For a full list of Minor Injury Units  in Oxfordshire. Please visit http://bit.ly/sIEl2A

This service is available seven days a week, 10.00am to 10.30pm.

5. Urgent dental services when your dentist is closed  For emergency advice or treatment please call: 0845 345 8995

  • 6.30pm to 9.30pm Monday-Thursday
  • 6.30pm to 10.00pm on Fridays
  • 9.00am to1.00pm and 2.00pm to 6.00pm at weekends
  • 9.00am to 5.00pm and 6.00pm to 9.00pm on bank holiday weekends and bank holidays.

6. GP surgeries GP surgeries provide a range of services by appointment, including medical advice, examinations and prescriptions and can give urgent advice between 0800 and 1830 Monday to Friday. Check with your GP practice directly for information.

7. GP out- of- hours If you think that you may need help from a doctor when your GP is closed, then call NHS 111.The out-of-hours service provides urgent medical care from 6.30pm to 8.00am on weekdays and round the clock at weekends and bank holidays. Remember to call first before going to an urgent care centre as you will be given an appointment and will avoid an unnecessary wait.  Patients do not need to register for out–of- hours services.

8. A&E / 999 A&E departments should only be used in a critical or life threatening situation. A&E departments provide immediate emergency care for people who show the symptoms of serious illness or who are badly injured. Dialling 999 and stating that there is a medical emergency will result in an emergency response vehicle being sent to your location.

And Finally…   Your checklist

1. Have you got your repeat prescriptions to cover you during holiday periods? 2. Do you have a well-stocked medicine cabinet? (Please keep medicines out of reach from children) 3. Have you had your seasonal flub jab? – If you are pregnant, are aged over 65, or have a long term health condition (such as diabetes, asthma and heart conditions), you can get a free seasonal flu jab from your GP. 4. Do you have a thermometer? 5. Do you know the opening hours of your GP practice and pharmacy?

If you become unwell, Choose Well ! Remember, a range of NHS services exist to help you get the right care, when you need it.

In an emergency (e.g. serious injury, loss of consciousness, chest pain or suspected stroke), phone 999.Where to get further information NHS Choices: www.nhs.uk

6 Informative Resources for Senior Fall Prevention

For many seniors, the fear of falling is a constant source of stress. Unfortunately, this anxiety isn’t unfounded. In fact, one in three seniors over the age of 65 falls each year. These accidents can result in fractured bones, broken skin, and even traumatic head injuries.

The good news is that there are many things seniors and their caregivers can do to prevent tragedy. Our mission at ElderImpact is to help ease some of the stress seniors face so they can enjoy every moment of life. That’s why we put together the following list of resources for fall prevention education. We hope you’ll consider sharing these with your audience and inspire them to take simple actions that will help them live healthier, happier lives

one in three seniors over the age of 65 falls each year 

6 Steps to Protect Your Older Loved One from a Fall

Home Design for Fall Prevention for Seniors

Preventing Outdoor Falls

Exercises to Try for Fall Prevention

Falls Information: How to Eat Well

9 Types of Medication Older Adults Should Use with Caution


The Caregiver’s Guide to Understanding and Prioritizing

Aging-in-Place Accommodations

Posted on May 30, 2016 by Rose

Aging in Place is the Preference of Many
Most people want to carry out their golden years aging in place. In other words, they’d like to continue residing in their own homes for as long as possible. According to SeniorHomes, 70 percent of seniors already spend the rest of their lives where they celebrated their 65th birthdays. That number is likely to increase as the United States Census Bureau has indicated the population of those 60 and older will go from 43,043,000 in 2005 to 73,769,000 in 2020, which itself would be a whopping 71 percent increase. The Census Bureau also projects the population of those 85 and over could grow from 5.3 million in 2006 to 21 million in 2050.

The website for The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has guidance on “healthy places,” the label it gives to communities that are “developed, designed and built to promote good health.” It describes aging in place as “the ability to live in one’s own home and community safely, independently, and comfortably, regardless of age, income, or ability level.” As a caregiver, your job is to make sure that you can help the resident do just that to the best of your ability. It starts with understanding and prioritizing aging-in-place accommodations.




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