Doing it yourself? Do it safely

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PEOPLE planning to do some DIY this weekend are being advised to take care.

The Easter Bank Holiday weekend is known to be the biggest DIY weekend of the year.

Therefore NHS Hampshire is urging people to be careful if they’re planning on getting out their ladders, toolkit and brushes.

Dr Stuart Ward, clinical director for NHS Hampshire said: ‘Accidents can and do occur though and DIY is a common cause for minor and major injuries so please take care and check your equipment before use.’

He added: ‘Should you have an accident and injure yourself, there is a wide range of NHS services available and choosing the right one for your treatment or advice will get you seen quicker and keep the health service moving.’

A&E is for emergencies only such as loss of consciousness, severe chest pain, breathing difficulties, serious accidents, severe bleeding, broken bones and deep wounds.

For minor injuries and illnesses, cuts and bruises, broken bones strains and sprains, stomach upsets, coughs, colds and emergency contraception you can visit the St Mary’s Treatment Centre at St Mary’s Hospital, Portsmouth, or Gosport War Memorial Hospital.

For less urgent matters call the GP out of hours service on (023) 9237 7921 or call NHS Direct on 0845 4647.