NHS Wigan Borough Clinical Commissioning Group advises friends and family to look out for the elderly over May Bank holidays
Dr Tim Dalton, local GP and Clinical Chair of NHS Wigan Borough Clinical Commissioning Group said:
“It’s a good idea to look out for your elderly relative or neighbours over this month's bank holidays and perhaps pay them a visit. They will welcome the company and if they are unwell your local pharmacist may be able to provide advice to help manage their care without any appointments or queues. A bad cough, trouble breathing, a cold or sore throat can get worse quickly and pharmacists are a highly trained and trusted source of health advice who are always pleased to help. Pharmacists have longer opening hours than GP practices: you don’t need an appointment to see one, and many have a consultation area when you can speak privately. They’ll also tell you if they think your relative or neighbour should see a GP”.
Notes for editors
• If you need advice on health matters phone NHS 111
• Your local GP is, of course, also there to help.
• If you have a non-life threatening complaint it’s often much quicker to visit the walk-in-centre at Leigh Infirmary.
• There has been close co-operation between our GPs; Wrightington, Wigan and Leigh NHS Foundation Trust, Wigan council, 5 Boroughs Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, Wigan Council and Bridgewater Community Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust that are helping keep many ill people out of hospital, including A&E. This partnership working also helps make sure that patients who do need to be admitted into hospital are back at home as soon as clinically appropriate.