Our Accident and Emergency (A&E) departments can get very busy at times and you may wait longer than normal to be seen, for example in winter and over bank holidays.
Choose Well is a public information campaign to highlight the range of local healthcare services available for people – without having to wait for an appointment – if they have a minor illness, ailment or injury.
The main message from Choose Well is that 999 and A&E services are for people with serious injuries, illnesses and emergencies.
There are a number of other healthcare services that people can use for minor ailments and injuries, such as walk-in centres, urgent care centres and minor injuries units. And pharmacists can give advice and over-the-counter treatments for coughs, colds and stomach upsets such as sickness and diarrhoea.
Local pharmacies offer fully trained health professionals who can provide quality healthcare advice instantly. To find your nearest pharmacy, text ‘pharmacy’ to 64746.
By following the Choose Well guide below, you will be able to get the care you need, in the quickest time. It will also help to free-up local NHS services so they can care for the people who need it most.
- Self-care – for treatment of minor winter illnesses, by combining a well stocked medicine cabinet with plenty of rest.
- NHS 111 (dial 111 from your phone)/or visit the website – for absolutely any health questions, around the clock, and to find local services.
- Pharmacist – for advice on common illnesses (inc winter colds), and the best medicines to treat them.
- GP – for medical advice, examinations and prescriptions for illnesses you just can’t shake off.
- NHS Walk-in Centre – for treatment of minor illnesses or injuries, without an appointment.
- A&E or 999 – for critical or life-threatening situations.
For health advice and reassurance 24/7 contact NHS 111 on (dial 111 from your phone)/ or visit the website
If you live in the Oldham area then you can get up to date information about healthcare in the community, such as information about opening times for GPs, walk in centres and pharmacies on the NHS Oldham CCG website or visit its Choose Well web page
Heywood, Middleton & Rochdale CCG is running a bank holiday Choose Well campaign - find out more on its bank holiday webpage For year round updates about community healthcare such as information about opening times for GPs, walk in centres and pharmacies visit the CCG homepage
For up to date information about access to community healthcare services in Bury such as opening times for GPs, walk in centres and pharmacies you can visit the Bury CCG website homepage. You can find Choose Well information about the bank holiday for Bury here.
Are you from the North Manchester area? If so, please go to the North Manchester CCG website for up to date information about access to community healthcare services such as opening times for GPs, walk in centres and pharmacies. Visit the Choose Well bank holiday web page for North Manchester for bank holiday information.
Pharmacy opening times for North Manchester are also available.
Visit the Choose Well Manchester page.