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Health group to issue health guide for Harlow

Communities / Thu 19th Dec 2013 am31 09:31am

NHS West Essex Clinical Commissioning Group has produced a guide for Harlow residents showing all the health services on offer.

Chairman and Harlow GP Dr Rob Gerlis said: “We have a wide range of services available and need to keep A&E for real emergencies, especially over the winter period.

“Your first point of contact for everyday illness should be your GP. And for more minor ailments, like coughs and colds, pain relief and stomach problems, don’t forget that your local pharmacy can give you advice on treatments and the best medication to take.

“Our map is part of a campaign to give you more information on all these services so please make sure you keep the information in a handy place.”

Every home in Harlow, south Uttlesford, and to the north of Epping Forest district will receive a copy of the map through their letterbox. Maps have also been sent to all primary schools in the area, as well as to GP surgeries, libraries, and district and parish councils and can be downloaded from at www.westessexccg.nhs.uk.

The pressure on casualty is already climbing, with more than 2,355 people attending the department at Princess Alexandra Hospital in Harlow in the first week of December alone.

Around a quarter of these were children, with only a small number – approximately seven per cent – needing admission to hospital.

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