More winter health advice can be found here: NHS Choices
Your pharmacist can give you expert advice on a range of common/ minor illnesses (see below) and long term conditions, help with medication or repeat prescriptions.
If you do not usually pay for your prescriptions, you will not have to pay for treatment under the Minor Ailments Scheme at your local pharmacy.
Minor cuts & Bruises
Mild acne & eczema
Warts and verrucas
Hay fever & allergies
Aches and pains
Minor Injuries Units
You can visit an MIU for treatment of minor illnesses and injuries like cuts, sprains, strains and suspected broken arms or lower limbs. Please call direct to
check times of X-ray facilities.
• Sittingbourne Memorial Hospital - 01795 418300 Open 7 Days a week, 9am-9pm
• Gravesham Community Hospital - 01474 360816 Open 7 Days a week, 8am-8pm
• Sheppey Community Hospital - 01795 879100 Open 7 Days a week, 9am-9pm
For free, confidential emotional support call the Mental Health Matters helpline anytime on 0800 107 0160, for more information visit their website: www.mentalhealthmatters.com
Walk in Centre
The NHS 111 service is if you urgently need medical help or advice but it's not a life-threatening situation. NHS 111 will direct you to the service that best suits your needs, this could be A&E, an out-of-hours doctor, an urgent care centre or a walk-in centre, a community nurse, an emergency dentist or a late-opening chemist. If NHS 111 advisers think you need an ambulance, they will immediately arrange for one to be sent to you. NHS 111 is available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Calls are free from land lines and mobile phones.
Accident and Emergency Department
A&E departments assess and treat patients with serious injuries or illnesses. Generally, you should visit A&E or call 999 for life-threatening emergencies, such as:
- loss of consciousness
- acute confused state and fits that are not stopping
- persistent, severe chest pain
- breathing difficulties
- severe bleeding that cannot be stopped