Mummy says….We have had our fair share of illnesses this year, Pickle has had Chicken Pox and Scarlet Fever, and my teens and I (and eldest daughter who was away in Brighton) had the awful sickness bug recently. Although it is always best to seek a doctors advice, there are situations when you don’t need to see a doctor, but just need some information. We all could use some quick health advice, and I have some ideas for you on where to get it.
I don’t know about your Doctors Surgery or Healthcare centre, but ours is becoming increasingly more difficult to attend to see a Doctor. Waiting times and lack of Doctors mean that trying to get an appointment can be nearly impossible.
Here are some solutions I have found to access some quick health advice:
- Your local pharmacist. They have a wealth of information and advice they can give to you, saving you a trip to the doctors for minor ailments.
- Check if you Doctors have a separate walk in service to see a Nurse Practitioner – because of the high level of tourists who visit our area, ours has launched one for the summer months.
- If you need some quick health advice out of hours, the internet is an obvious place to turn – but, as you will know if you have ever googled an illness or symptoms, you can scare yourself half to death, so finding a reliable source is much better. The Independent Pharmacy is a brilliant resource, with advice listed on hundreds of conditions from actual doctors and pharmacists.
- Your local out of hours medical telephone line. This is more is you are very worried about something that is happening at that moment, and wondering whether you need a Doctor, or indeed to go to hospital. Someone takes your details and a doctor calls you back. (More for Emergencies, but it has saved me many trips to hospital in the dead of night when Pickle has had a raging temperature).
- Check a reputed online source such as the BBC for the latest news regarding some illnesses and treatments. The NHS website is also a wealth of information and advice.
Hopefully you and your family are well and you don’t need any quick health advice, but I hope these resources help you if you need them.
Where do you access quick health advice?