busy hospital

NHS launch new campaign to help get through winter

Ahead of the busy winter months for the healthcare system the NHS have launched the ‘Help us, Help you’ campaign which will promote online services for people to get advice and support from with urgent but not life-threatening concerns.

NHS 111 online will direct patients to their nearest urgent care centres, walk in clinics, GP surgeries, pharmacies and emergency dental services without the need to call one of the already busy phonelines.

With a busy winter season ahead predicted with flu and rising COVID cases, the online NHS 111 platform will offer those who have concerns regarding their health to access the correct form of care, advised by the website.

NHS 111 online

Professor Stephen Powis, NHS national medical director, said: “As we approach an extremely tough winter, using NHS 111 online first will ensure everyone who needs medical advice can access it quickly and conveniently, alongside other services, while allowing us to care for the most seriously ill and injured patients in our A&Es.

“So if you need urgent care but it’s not life-threatening, visit 111 online first – we’ll put you in touch with a healthcare professional if needed and help you get the treatment you need – and please continue to come forward for care, including through 111, your pharmacist or GP if you prefer.

“And it remains as important as ever to get your life-saving COVID jab, and with winter approaching, it is important to get your flu jab too if you are eligible”.

The online service can be used for a range of reasons such as symptom checking, where to get emergency supply of a prescription and how to get a repeat prescription.

Whilst taking the strain off in person and phone services NHS 111 online can advise people if needed to call 999 or to contact their GP and can also arrange a phone call from a healthcare professional.

The campaign will soon be advertised on television, social media and in healthcare centres.

NHE Sept/Oct 21

NHE Sept/Oct 21

Improving care for long-term conditions

Join us in our September/October edition of National Health Executive, as we explore a range of topics impacting and improving the care that we can deliver to patients, the facilities within which we deliver them, and the opportunities in the digital space to accent and evolve our care capabilities

Videos...

View all videos
National Health Executive Presents

National Health Executive Presents

NHE365 Virtual Festival: Digital Healthcare

The integration of new technology, such as using virtual outpatient appointments instead of face-to-face reviews of patients in the hospital. Adapting the ways in which our NHS workers serve people has been critical in continuing to provide high-quality treatment, a positive patient experience and preventing Covid-19 transmission during the pandemic. Our healthcare sector has the potential to transform the way we continue to provide essential services while also improving patient care. But how easy is the integration of these innovations into routine NHS practice?

On the 28th of October, at the NHE365 Virtual Hospitals & Technology Enabled Care online event, we will be discussing patient flow and experience, reducing waiting times, reducing the patient backlog and increasing technology adoption. Will you be attending? 

Finger on the Pulse

Ep 14. Health messaging is a science, Professor Craig Jackson

On Episode 14 of NHE's Finger on the Pulse podcast, we're joined by Professor Craig Jackson, Professor of Occupational Health Psychology
Birmingham City University to discuss the coronavirus pandemic, the health messaging around it and how those in power have missed a trick by overlooking the key role of psychology in informing the public of restrictions, measures and the ever-changing situation

More articles...

View all