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Health Secretary Vaughan Gething has announced the NHS will receive £50m to sustain and improve performance during the busy winter period

First published:
3 November 2016
Last updated:

This was published under the 2016 to 2021 administration of the Welsh Government

He made the announcement as the head of NHS Wales Dr Andrew Goodall called on everyone to choose the right service to save time and free up busy emergency services.  

Vaughan Gething said:

“The NHS will receive £50m this year to sustain performance and meet the increased demand placed on services going into the winter period. We are investing in the NHS, but everyone in Wales can play their part by choosing well.”

Dr Andrew Goodall said:

“Choosing the right services and treatments help save you time and make sure that you and your family get the right care quickly.

“For coughs, colds and minor ailments, talk to your community pharmacist first.  They can give expert advice, over-the-counter medicines and prescriptions, and advise on whether you need to see a doctor.

“For persistent symptoms, infections or if your child has a fever, go and see your GP.

“If it isn’t a life-threatening emergency but you aren’t sure who to call, contact NHS Direct Wales on 0845 46 47 or go to They can let you know where to find your nearest pharmacist or most appropriate service.

“A&E is for people who are very sick or badly injured and unless this is the case you will get the right care quicker by choosing well.  Even if the A&E is closer, it is not the best place to go to for most health problems.

“There is lots we can all do, like ensuring prescriptions are ordered in advance.  Friends and relatives of older people can help by checking in on them and making sure they are keeping their homes warm – at least 18 degrees – to prevent any existing health problems getting worse.

“Choose the right service for your needs.  This should reduce the wait you face and helps ensure the people who need emergency care the most get the help they need.  I know NHS staff will be working hard this winter.  Choose well to help them help you.”