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Choose well this bank holiday weekend

Spring is here, the sun is out and everyone is shaking off the winter blues. The children are excitedly bouncing around on the garden trampoline and the adults are throwing themselves into outdoor activities. Then that ‘little’ accident happens and your great day ends in tears with a fall, a grazed knee or a sprained ankle.

Well, it appears that more accidents happen in the home than you may think. According to The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents, more than two million children under the age of 15 experience accidents in and around the home every year. Of those children under the age of five are most likely to hurt themselves.

So, if this were to happen to you, would you know where to go?
Most accidents are minor and can be treated at home with a first aid kit and a hug, but if you think you need medical help fast, Dr Paul Oliver, Clinical Lead, Nottingham North and East CCG, explains: “Self-care if often best for cuts, scrapes and grazes, but if you’d like to talk to a medical professional your local pharmacy can give you advice on many minor injuries and tell you how to treat them.

“NHS 111 also offers advice 24 hours a day, seven days a week. It can tell you where to go if someone, particularly children, has experienced a bang to the head, a sprain or an unexplained rash. This service is really useful over bank holidays when pharmacies and GPs may be closed. All the caller has to do is dial 111 to talk to the NHS.”

For persistent illnesses, people should make an appointment to see their local GP.

To find your nearest pharmacy or for further advice about treating common conditions, visit NHS Choices

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