PEOPLE across the district are being urged to use health services wisely.

NHS Bradford District and Craven clinical commissioning groups are asking the public to ensure it uses the most appropriate services.

The plea has been made as hospital A&E departments and ambulance crews experience high demand.

Anyone unsure of the most relevant service to meet their needs is advised to call NHS 111, which is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Also, pharmacists can offer expert information and advice on common medications, illnesses and injuries.

Dr Andy Withers, GP and clinical chairman of NHS Bradford District CCG, said: “Teams at our local hospitals – Airedale General and Bradford Royal Infirmary – are working incredibly hard to deliver high-quality patient care and we want to make sure our A&E departments are there for those people most in need.

“We can all do our bit to ensure we don’t put unnecessary pressure on our emergency services by choosing the most appropriate service when we don’t have a serious or life-threatening illness or injury.

“A&E can help if you have severe chest pain or difficulty breathing, severe bleeding, a serious head injury or broken bones. But for common health conditions such as coughs or colds, your local pharmacist can provide help and advice on the best treatments for you.

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