More than 60 per cent of Bassetlaw school children know the right health care service to use when it comes to dealing with various illnesses and ailments, both major and minor.
Sixty-three per cent knew what illnesses they should contact their GP or NHS 111 for with only 20 per cent saying they would call 999 or go to A&E for minor illnesses that could have been dealt with by their GP or at home through self-care, such as developing a rash, having a headache or fever, feeling sick and being stung by a wasp.
Moreover, 66 per cent knew they should call 999 or visit A&E for more serious illnesses or accidents such as broken bones, choking, banging your head hard and having breathing difficulties whilst only 29 per cent said they would go to their GP or call NHS 111 instead.
NHS Bassetlaw Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), who are responsible for planning and buying health services on behalf of the area’s 111,000 patients, conducted the survey when they attended a number of school events to raise awareness of the different health services available in Bassetlaw and to find out if young people knew the most appropriate services to use for particular illnesses and injuries.
The survey is part of the initial engagement work that the CGG are undertaking regarding Developing Urgent Care Services in Bassetlaw.