Look out for the elderly and vulnerable

Posted: July 6, 2016

Please seek help early on

Please look out for elderly friends, relatives and neighbours and encourage them to seek help early on.

If they start to feel unwell - even if it's just a cough or cold, then get help from your pharmacist quickly before it gets more serious.

Most importantly

  • Make sure they get their flu jab
  • If they start to feel unwell - even if it's just a cough or cold, then make sure they get help from their pharmacist or GP quickly before it gets more serious
  • Make sure they have all of their regular prescription medicines ready in stock
  • Make sure they always take their prescribed medicines as directed
  • Look out for other people who may need a bit of extra help

Your local healthcare options

Pharmacist

Your local pharmacist is also a great alternative when you want quick help for a minor condition, such as flu, aches, pains, upset stomachs and skin conditions. Most are open late and can even offer you private consultations.

Out of Hours GP Service

Make sure you are registered with a local GP. The out-of-hours GP (01793 646466) can offer advice over the phone, as well as arranging home visits.

NHS 111

NHS 111 is available for medical advice over the phone

Walk-in centre, Carfax Street, Swindon

The Walk-in Centre is in Swindon town centre; it's open to everyone and no appointment is necessary.

Please see the Carfax NHS Medical Centre website > The Walk-in service (www.carfaxhealthcare.co.uk/walkInServices.php) for opening times and full details.

SEQOL Urgent Care Centre

The Urgent Care Centre, located on the Great Western Hospital site, is open 24/7 and is the place to go if you need medical assistance and have been unable to get an urgent GP appointment.

Contact 01793 646466.

Trowbridge Minor Injures Unit

Open 24/7, seven days a week.
For minor injuries which are not life threatening and urgent care such as sprains and strains, broken bones and minor burns.

Contact 01225 711329.

Chippenham Minor Injuries Unit

Open every day, 7.00am-1.00am.
For minor injuries which are not life threatening and urgent care such as sprains and strains, broken bones and minor burns.

Contact 01249 456403.

The Emergency Department

The Emergency Department is for very serious or life-threatening injuries and illnesses where immediate medical attention is needed, such as breathing difficulties or chest pain, sudden severe pain or heavy loss of blood, for example.

In a medical emergency call 999 immediately and ask for the ambulance service.

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