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Choose well during busy winter period – and the rest of the year!

Winter is always a busy time for the health service. If you’re feeling ill, getting the level of support you need helps you and others in mid Essex to live well.

People sometimes think they need to visit a GP or hospital with minor illnesses and injuries, but can often get the treatment they need faster elsewhere, or at home using simple remedies.

Your local pharmacist can offer you free, qualified health advice at any time, and no appointment is necessary. From coughs and colds to aches and pains, they can give you expert help on everyday illnesses and answer questions about prescribed and over-the-counter medicines.

Pharmacists can also advise in confidence on healthy eating, obesity and giving up smoking all year round.

If you need medical help out of hours, call NHS 111. Simply dialling 111 will put you through to the NHS.

People with long-term conditions, who often have more complex health needs than other people using health services, can still plan their care to help manage their condition and prevent unnecessary medical assistance.

The chair of Mid Essex Clinical Commissioning Group (MECCG), Dr Caroline Dollery, said: “Don’t delay in getting treatment for minor winter ailments like colds or sore throats. Visit your local pharmacist for advice on treatment before it gets worse, so you can recover quicker.

“Self-care is also important, and not just for people who are older or ill. If you’re a parent or carer, you have a really important role to play, making sure you and loved ones are looking after yourselves and taking medication they need as prescribed.

“Eating well, taking exercise and seeing others is really important for mental and physical health and wellbeing, too, especially during the winter.

“If you do fall ill, it’s always best to seek the most suitable help. You can find out more by visiting our website at midessexccg.nhs.uk and selecting Choose Well.”