RESIDENTS are being reminded to think about their care options.

The warning comes ahead of the next bank holiday when A&E and the ambulance service will be very busy.

If you are taken ill there are a number of ways to get help:

  • If you are not sure where to go or just need advice call NHS 111 which is free 24 hours a day, seven days a week

  • Headaches, coughs and colds, upset stomach can be treated at a local pharmacy

  • Contact your usual GP for ongoing problems or persistent pain

  • For sprains, strain, cuts or bruises - visit your local minor injuries unit

  • If in the Weymouth area call in at the Community Urgent Care Centre for assessment and treatment of non-life-threatening injuries and illness for adults and children;

  • For life threatening emergencies attend your nearest emergency department or call 999 for an ambulance

  • Getting organised and thinking ahead can also help –stock up your medicine cabinet and if planning a trip, ensure you don’t run out of your prescribed medicines while you’re away.