What is the Choose well campaign?
The Choose well campaign aims to help people choose the right NHS service to make sure they get the best treatment if they become unwell or are injured.
By going to the most appropriate place patients can be seen quicker, get the most appropriate care and also help to alleviate pressure on A&E departments.
The campaign is not about dissuading anyone from coming to A&E. It is about informing people that there are a whole range of NHS services which they can access which may better serve their needs. This can also make a big difference to the workload of A&E doctors and nurses.
For hangover, grazed knee, sore throat or cough – self care
For diarrhoea, runny nose, painful cough or headache – pharmacist
For vomiting, ear pain, stomach ache or back ache – GP
For cuts, strains, rashes or sprains – NHS walk in centre
For choking, chest pain, severe bleeding or blacking out – call 999
If you are still unsure of which service to use you can call NHS Direct on 0845 46 47
Further information on the Choose well campaign can be found here.
Choose well app
Choose the nearest and most appropriate NHS service by downloading the Choose well app on iPhone or Android. Click on the logo to download, or if using Android scan the QR code.