Health bosses are urging folk to “choose well” when it comes to which facility to access.
With 12 per cent of people admitting to using A&E when they know they did not need to, hospital doctors and nurses are asking the public to think twice before they dial 999 this winter.
Dr Tim Dalton, local GP and chairman of Wigan Borough Clinical Commissioning Group (WBCCG) said: “We know that over the winter, the number of serious and life-threatening cases will go up if temperatures fall below 12 degrees Celsius. That’s people with breathing problems, strokes and heart-attacks caused by the cold weather.
“What we don’t need at such a busy time, are people calling 999, turning up at A&E or going to their GP when they don’t need to be there”.
The Choose Well campaign aims to educate and inform people about the different NHS services available to them.
It promotes self-care and the use of local high-street pharmacy for common complaints such as coughs and colds, flu, stomach upsets and general aches and pains.
Advice and information about a range of common winter health complaints, including how long symptoms will last and how to relieve symptoms is available from NHS Choices at www.nhs.uk