Have festive fun and use help wisely

Health and care workers in Leeds are urging festive fun seekers to think before they ask for emergency help. With ambulance services and accident and emergency services all seeing an increase in use, they want to remind people to use the most appropriate route to sort out their problems.

Dr Ian Cameron, Director of Public Health for Leeds City Council, said:

“Our message is quite simple really. Don’t just dial for an ambulance or go to your nearest A&E department unless you really have to. Local pharmacies and GPs, as well as the NHS 111 advice line and NHS website all offer alternatives, and we also are sharing advice about watching out for the impact of drinking too much on the LikeMyLimit website.”

NHS 111 is an easier way to access local NHS healthcare services in England for when you need medical help fast but it’s not a 999 emergency. You can quickly work out where you can get appropriate help by checking out www.leeds.nhs.uk/isitforme

The LikeMyLimit website offers a range of health advice, information and support, and has just been updated with a range of new information for the festive season.

Information for editors:

• The Like My Limit campaign is available at: http://www.likemylimit.org.uk/

• Local help can be found at www.leeds.nhs.uk/isitforme

• www.nhs.uk provides a wide range of information and resources for anyone concerned about their health.

• Leeds City Council has a wide variety of winter advice available at their WinterWise site: http://www.leeds.gov.uk/residents/Pages/Winter-wise.aspx

For further information contact:

Phil Morcom

Communications team

Leeds City Council

4th Floor West, Civic Hall, Leeds, LS1 1UR

Mobile: 07891 276270

Tel: 0113 224 3602