Following the recent snow and icy weather, the local NHS is still very busy, including the Emergency Department (ED) at Queen Alexandra Hospital in Portsmouth.
Local people are being urged to consider if they could receive the care or advice they need from one of the many other services available across the area.
Many common illnesses and injuries can be treated at home. There is lots of information and tips available on the NHS Choices website at www.nhs.uk.
You can get help from your local pharmacy or chemist for many minor ailments and health related problems.
NHS 111 is available 24 hours a day, every day. If you are worried about your health you can call 111 and get advice from fully trained advisers, supported by experienced nurses and paramedics.
For ailments such as stomach pain and vomiting, a persistent cough or ear pain, call your GP surgery for advice.
For minor injuries, go to your local minor injuries unit (MIU) or walk-in centre. They can treat deep cuts, sprains and strains, broken bones, wound infections, minor burns and scalds, minor head injuries, minor eye injuries, and injuries to the back, shoulder and chest.
The following Minor Injuries Units are available locally:
Emergency Department and 999 emergency services
Only in a real emergency should you contact 999 or go to the Emergency Department. This should only be used for those most in need of emergency medical care, for example if you are having a stroke or heart attack.