Mr Motivator is best known for high energy workouts and eye-catching spandex, but this Easter he is using his trademark enthusiasm to remind people to contact NHS 111 if they need urgent care, rather than heading straight to A&E.

The celebrity fitness instructor has joined forces with Greater Manchester Health and Social Care Partnership to let people know that if they need urgent care, NHS 111 can book them in to be seen quickly and safely at an emergency department (A&E) – potentially avoiding a long wait.

The health and fitness guru, whose real name is Derreck Evans, is starring in a short film urging people in Greater Manchester who have an urgent but not life-threatening medical need to contact NHS 111 first rather than going straight to an emergency department.

As well as booking time slots for emergency departments, NHS 111 can also direct patients to urgent treatment centres, GP surgeries, pharmacies, emergency dental services and walk- in clinics. The NHS 111 phone service can also send an ambulance should a patient’s condition be serious or life-threatening.

Mr Motivator said:

“None of us want to think about having to head to A&E over the bank holiday, but you never know when you or a loved one might need medical attention.

“That’s why I want to remind everyone out there about NHS 111 – it’s the best way of getting immediate medical help, if it’s not life threatening.

“So, this Easter if you need A&E call 111, they can book you in to be seen quickly and you could avoid a long wait.”

Dr Chris Brookes, joint Greater Manchester executive lead for acute care, said:

“The NHS will always be there for you when you need it – but please, if a situation isn’t life threatening, think about the best way to get the help you need.

“If you need urgent care the easiest way to get treatment in a safe and timely way is to contact NHS 111.

“NHS 111 will be able to assess you on the phone or online. If needed, they can book a time slot for you at an emergency department.

“This is better for you, as you won’t have to wait, and will help ease the pressure felt at times in all emergency departments.”

To contact NHS 111 either visit the website 111.NHS.UK or call 111 for free.

They service is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

People contacting 111 will speak to an adviser from the NHS 111 team. Over half of people who contact 111 will speak to a nurse, doctor, pharmacist, or paramedic. The adviser will ask questions to find out the best and quickest way for a person to get the help they need

If somebody has a life-threatening illness or injury, they should still use 999.

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