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Choose the right service for your child this half term

As half term approaches, West Hampshire Clinical Commissioning Group is encouraging families to choose the right NHS service if they suffer from minor illness or injury over the half term holiday.

It is important to choose the right service for your child, in order to get the best possible treatment.

Our special website, Here for you Hampshire, offers advice on common symptoms, illnesses and injuries, as well as information on the support available to you when you or your child is feeling unwell.

If your child suffers from a cold or flu you can treat symptoms at home or with help from medicines over the counter at your pharmacy. Your local pharmacist can recommend the best medication, so you don’t need to take a trip to the GP.

If your child experiences stomach ache, vomiting or diarrhoea, which is often caused by bugs, your local pharmacist can advise you on steps to take and medicines to help ease your stomach.

Dr Sarah Schofield, Clinical Chair for NHS West Hampshire CCG, said:

“I hope families in west Hampshire have an enjoyable and healthy half term break. Of course accidents can happen and the cold weather can cause unpleasant illnesses.

“This half term, remember that if you need urgent advice, you can call NHS 111 any time of the day, every day. Your local pharmacist is also available to give you advice, because many have private consultation rooms and you do not need an appointment. Many minor illnesses and injuries can be treated at home, saving you an unnecessary trip to your GP or a hospital.”