NHS England summer health communications toolkit – A message from Chris Gray (Medical Director, NHS England Cumbria and the North East)
With summer upon us, I am writing to ask for your help to ease the pressure at a time of year when A&E departments can see an increase in attendances.
Having a poorly child can be a scary experience, but often the best person to help them make a recovery quickly is parents or carers.
Minor illness and injuries such as high temperatures, coughs, colds, sprains, cuts, stings and bites can usually be dealt with at home with a well-stocked medicine cabinet, first aid kit, or with a visit to a local pharmacy
Parents and carers of children under five can get medical advice on a range of common childhood illnesses from the free ‘NHS Child Health’ app, which has been developed by doctors, health visitors and pharmacists. Search ‘child health’ on Google Play or the App store.
Please find attached a poster for the NHS Child Health app. We would appreciate if you could print this off and put a copy in each child’s book bag and display around your nursery or school. Two additional posters are attached and if you could display these around your site that would be helpful.
We want to ensure that patients who really need emergency care receive the quickest possible treatment they need, and that people who can be cared for elsewhere are not waiting in accident and emergency departments. Your support on helping us get the message out would be very much appreciated.
Thank you for your support
NHS England Cumbria and the North East
For further information please refer to documents below.