Schoolchildren asked to design posters to encourage better use of A&E

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Pupils in Aylesbury Vale are being invited to take part in a video and poster competition to encourage better use of local NHS services, with winners receiving a cash prize for their school.

The competition is being run by Aylesbury Vale Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) to help prevent people turning up to A&E unnecessarily, when they could be better helped by their local GP, pharmacist or NHS 111 if they feel unwell.

Primary and secondary schools can take part in the competition which is asking pupils to design a poster or make a video to remind people of the following:

> To be sensible about when they use A&E

> To use minor illness and injury clinics instead of A&E

> To visit their own GP practice if they feel unwell

> To telephone NHS 111 for advice on the best health service to visit for treatment

Schools can win £300 for the best video and £200 for the best poster.

Lou Patten, chief officer at Aylesbury Vale CCG, said: “This is a marvellous opportunity for local pupils to use their creative skills to help the NHS provide a better service to local people.

“We want posters and videos that are so appealing we can use them in future campaigns to make people stop and think before they turn up at A&E unnecessarily, when they could be better helped seeing a GP or visiting a pharmacist.”

There will be a special awards ceremony for the winners and highly commended entrants on Wednesday January 22 at Aylesbury Vale District Council in Gatehouse Road.

The closing date to take part in the competition is Thursday, December 19 and full details and rules are available from local schools and the CCG website: www.aylesburyvaleccg.nhs.uk