Health bosses in the district are backing a new website encouraging people to look after their health during winter and get the right treatment if ill.
NHS Wakefield Clinical Commissioning Group has joined forces with other CCGs across West Yorkshire to fund the Sta y Well campaign to help people make the right choices about which health services they use during the winter.
It includes a new winter website, radio adverts being broadcast around the region and a range of awareness raising information for the public.
Dr Adam Sheppard, urgent care lead for the CCG, said: “We want people to stay well this winter, but if they do get ill, the campaign gives them all the information they need to get the right treatment, even if that’s self-care, so that our accident and emergency service is left for those people who really need it.”
Demand on emergency services increases dramatically during the winter months, so health bosses are asking people to stop and think whether their illness or injury requires emergency treatment.
Dr Phil Earnshaw, chairman of the CCG, said: “We need to make sure everyone knows about the range of NHS services they can use if they fall ill this winter.
“We want to make sure everyone stays safe, and part of making sure this happens is people using the right NHS services when they are unwell.
“For less serious conditions, think about the other options rather than A&E or 999, so they are kept for the most seriously ill or injured.
“Many people don’t realise how much time and money they cost the local NHS when they use A&E services unnecessarily.
“A&E is for incidents such as severe chest pain, difficulty breathing, significant head injuries and broken bones.”
Visit www.nhsstaywell.org for advice and information on all aspects of winter health.