The star of a new winter animation video ‘Winnie’ shares her winter woes across Coventry and Warwickshire to help people understand when to call NHS 111 for advice or medical treatment quickly – but it’s not an emergency.
The video is perfect for this time of year, as temperatures remain low and the Met Office has issued a severe weather warning with a forecast of snow and ice expected for the next few days.
NHS Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) across Coventry and Warwickshire are excited about the new animation video and like the tone and humour that is used to give advice about what to do if you need medical treatment quickly.
Dr Deryth Stevens, Clinical Lead at NHS Warwickshire North CCG said: “‘Winnie’s Winter Woes’ is a light hearted and informative two minute video that visually reminds people and gets straight to the point about when not to use Accident and Emergency (A&E) services. This video will help to remind people in Coventry and Warwickshire that A&E is for accidents and emergencies, including serious injury and life threatening conditions.”
Dr David Spraggett, Chair of NHS South Warwickshire CCG, said: “Animation videos are a great way to inform the public. The message can be spread through a wide range of media to reach a variety of audiences. Winnie’s character in the video gives a clear message to many people who have coughs, colds, minor cuts, sprains and injuries that can be treated more quickly by a different service.”
NHS 111 is a free phone service from landlines and mobiles, available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Trained advisors can provide you with confidential advice and guidance, direct you to the most appropriate service and can even make an appointment or despatch an ambulance without delay if necessary.
Last year our winter animation ‘Dee’s A&E Fail Tail’ saw over 67,000 views on YouTube, this video was launched in a bid to stop the winter surge of people using Accident and Emergency (A&E) services for minor illnesses and injuries.
Each year A&E attendances rise significantly during the winter period and the local NHS services work under extreme pressure to make sure that patients receive high quality and safe care. Winnies’ Winter Woes video can be found on YouTube at www.bit.ly/winnieswinterwoes
Press release provided by Arden Commissioning Support Unit
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