Health guide launched

A NEW health guide has been launched to give members of the public instant access to a host of information and help reduce the number of inappropriate visits to GPs and A&E departments.

A NEW health guide has been launched to give members of the public instant access to a host of information and help reduce the number of inappropriate visits to GPs and A&E departments.

It has been produced by the Department of Health to help give people a clear understanding of the different health services that exist and where best to go when in need.

It is available from GP surgeries and health centres in Suffolk.

The guide aims to provide common sense advice on how people can help themselves. It covers everything from making sure you have a well-stocked medicine cabinet to contact details for the NHS Direct service.


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Dr Andrew Hassan, a Hopton GP and chairman of the West Suffolk PCT's professional executive committee said: "People often see GPs and accident and emergency departments as the best place to be treated. However, this is not always the case.

"This leaflet gives members of the public informed information on where to go for the best advice and treatment.

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"At this time of year, GPs see many patients who are suffering from colds and other minor ailments. "This is a good example where a pharmacist would be in a better position to offer advice about what treatments are available and how best to relieve the symptoms."

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