Using the most appropriate NHS service

Date: 19/12/2019

Milton Keynes University Hospital is advising people to ensure they access the most appropriate NHS services.

The NHS gets very busy over the winter months, with an increase in people booking GP appointments and attending MKUH’s Emergency Department. Many of these patients could be treated more quickly and appropriately at one of the many NHS services.

There may be a high demand for GP appointments over the holiday season, due to winter illnesses. Whilst more GP appointments are being made available to patients during core hours, as well as on evenings and weekends, there are trained health experts at NHS 111 or local pharmacies who are available to point you in the right direction.

For minor illnesses such as colds, coughs and sore throats, it is best to see a local pharmacist who can offer you advice and over-the-counter remedies. Pharmacists will be happy to assist you there and then with a free consultation.

Find your local pharmacy here.

If you’re in need of urgent care, it is strongly advised you contact NHS 111 first to discuss your symptoms. This is a free service available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

The Milton Keynes Urgent Care Centre (UCC) is available for urgent advice and treatment for illness, infections and injuries. It is open 24/7 and provides a doctor and nurse treatment service for urgent problems. The UCC is a local walk-in centre on the hospital site which provides treatment for minor injuries like sprains and strains including on evenings and weekends.

For more information on how to stay healthy this winter, visit the NHS Website.