Get the right treatment this winter: find out how on 6 November and 4 December

NHS Sutton and Merton and the London Ambulance Service NHS Trust are holding two events in partnership with Merton Healthcare and Merton Council to tell local residents about a number of NHS healthy living initiatives.

If you would like to learn about how you can get the right treatment from NHS services such as GPs, pharmacists, walk-in centres, ambulance services and hospitals, and you want to enhance your health and wellbeing; then come along and meet the health and paramedic teams.

London Ambulance Service staff will demonstrate the recovery position, give basic life support classes and help people to choose well.

Event details:

Saturday, 6 November, 11am-3pm at Morden Library, Merton Civic Centre, London Road, Morden SM4 5DX

Saturday, 4 December, 11am – 3pm at The Piazza in Wimbledon, Wimbledon Town Centre, Wimbledon SW19 4EU

Councillor Linda Kirby, cabinet member for adult social care and health at Merton Council said: ‘These health events are a great way to meet healthcare professionals and find out what services in the boroughs are available for residents. The NHS offers a wide range of health services in Merton and Sutton from GPs, pharmacists, walk-in centres to A&E. These services are specifically designed to deal with different injuries and illnesses.

“Many people don’t realise that cuts, burns and minor injuries can be treated at your local walk in centres located across the boroughs. If residents access the most appropriate service, they will still receive the most effective treatment, but more importantly help A&E services to prioritise and deal with the most critical and life threatening conditions.’

Local GP, Dr. Geoff Hollier said:

“As winter approaches it is important that local people know which NHS service to use should they fall ill or injure themselves. Research carried out by NHS Sutton and Merton shows that many people go to A&E and end up waiting to see a doctor for conditions which are not medical emergencies, when it would be easier and more convenient to see their local GP or chemist. These events are a great opportunity to ensure you choose the right service.”

London Ambulance Service, Wimbledon Duty Station Officer Taff Roberts said:

“We’ll be giving people useful life-saving information at these events so I’d urge everyone to come along. They’ll also be great opportunities for us to inform the public about the healthcare services that are available in non-emergency situations such as self care at home, or local walk-in centres and minor injuries units.”

Events are being run by Merton Healthcare PBC in partnership with NHS Sutton and Merton, the London Ambulance Service and Merton Council.

For more information please email: healthdiversity@smpct.nhs.uk or call the administration team on 020 8254 8390.

Notes to editors:

About NHS Sutton and Merton

NHS Sutton and Merton is the new name for Sutton and Merton Primary Care Trust. We serve a population of over 400,000 people living in the London Boroughs of Sutton and Merton. NHS Sutton and Merton is here to make sure that local people receive high quality NHS services when and where they need them. We do this by understanding where services are needed, planning the delivery of these services and paying healthcare professionals, NHS Trusts and other organisations to provide them.

For more information about NHS Sutton and Merton, please visit our website: http://www.suttonandmerton.nhs.uk

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Press Contact:

Leoni Munslow

Communications Assistant

London Borough of Merton

020 8545 4654