Important information to help people know which NHS services to use when they feel unwell will be landing on people’s doormats this week.
NHS organisations across the Fylde Coast are issuing the reminder to help ensure people use services appropriately.
Speaking on behalf of the Fylde Coast CCGs Dr Neil Hartley-Smith, a Blackpool GP and clinical advisor for NHS Blackpool Clinical Commissioning Group said: “So far we have had a really positive winter and have been able to meet the increased demand. We have to thank people for being conscientious and helping the NHS cope. It has been a particularly mild winter so far which has helped. However, we are still anticipating increased demand and the harsh cold weather is yet to hit us and that will have a negative impact on people’s health.
“We’ve created a postcard listing the main services available to residents on the Fylde Coast to act as a reminder. This can be kept handy and it will help point residents in the right direction of where to go or who to call if they feel unwell. By doing that this, the demand is spread across all the Fylde’s services and we can see patients quicker and help them in the best way possible.”
The postcard is small enough to keep on the fridge or next to the phone and includes details on services from NHS 111 to how to book evening and weekend appointments to see a GP or healthcare professional.