Winter months are the busiest time for the NHS.  They see higher numbers of injuries from falls, a surge in illnesses such as sickness and diarrohoea, coughs, colds and flu and the worsening of long-term health conditions, such as respiratory problems.

There is no need to go to A&E for most illnesses and injuries – and most people know that.  However, sometimes, people go to A&E because they are worried and they are not sure what else to do.

The following link to the West Kent Health site has further health advice and guidance – please click here.

Health Help Now, a free NHS web-app is available on the West Kent Health website for use on smartphones, tablets and desktop computers to help you find the right treatment, especially when you are not sure what to do or who to contact.  Please click HERE.  Whether you have a baby with a high temperature, a child who is being sick, a teenager who is feeling low or you have sprained your ankle and for many other health problems, the Health Help Now web app can guide you to the service that will help you best.

Health Help Now lists common symptons and helps you find the best place for treament for them in Kent.  It shows the nearest services, whether they are open or closed, and provides a map of their location and directions.  Health Help Now also offers reliable health advice and links to other useful websites.  So if you need treatment for a minor injury on a Sunday, to find a pharmacy late at night, or are not sure where to go for care, Health Help Now can help so why not save it now so you have it readily to hand when you need it?

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If you do not have internet access, or if you need medical help fast but it isn’t a 999 emergency, dial 111.