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Bridgewater Community Healthcare is reminding the public to use the NHS wisely if it’s a non-emergency this Easter.
The upcoming bank holiday, plus the four-days of planned industrial action by junior doctors that will follow, will increase the pressure being faced across the entire health service.
To help ease the strain locally in Halton and Warrington, a new public awareness campaign has been created to better inform residents that Widnes Urgent Treatment Centre (UTC) is open and available.
More than ever right now, it’s important that patients choose the right NHS service for their healthcare needs.
When it’s not a 999 or A&E emergency, just remember there’s a UTC for that minor injury or illness.
Widnes UTC is open every day of the year between 8.00am and 9.00pm.
Hospital emergency departments across Cheshire and Merseyside are extremely busy right now, with many experiencing longer patient waits.
To help busy A&E teams care for those most in need of urgent attention, please consider using a local urgent treatment centre, such as the one in Widnes town centre.
Local urgent treatment centres are often fast, easy and convenient.
This eye-catching 6-part campaign groups together several easy to remember examples of patient conditions that could be treated at Widnes UTC. They include:
- · Slips, trips, sprains and falls
- · Back pain, indigestion and stomach upset
- · Ear, nose and throat problems
- · Burns, scalds, bites and stings
- · Coughs, colds and sore throats
- · Cuts, wounds, rashes and allergies
Widnes UTC can be found inside the Health Care Resource Centre on Caldwell Road, Widnes. If you are travelling by car there is free parking on site. The postcode for a satnav is WA8 7GD.
This is going to be a very difficult few days ahead for the NHS. If it’s not a 999 emergency, please remember there’s a UTC for that. If you’re not sure where to turn, contact NHS 111 online first. For further information about Widnes UTC, please visit bridgewater.nhs.uk/utc.