Cambridgeshire residents are being ured to use the right NHS service this festive time
Local residents are being urged to use NHS services wisely and ensure they choose the right service if they experience an illness or injury over the Christmas and New Year break.
During this time there will be a wide range of local NHS services available.
From pharmacies open on Christmas Day and local Minor Injury Units to NHS 111, which is open 24/7 every day, there is plenty of healthcare support available.
Here’s the top tips from the local NHS, Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Clinical Commissioning Group:
If you have a repeat prescription, make sure you have enough to last over Christmas and New Year.
Keep some basic medications at home in case you need them. This might include painkillers, rehydration powders, indigestion treatment and a first aid kit.
Find out where your nearest pharmacy is, not only do they sell a range of basic medication, but many are open on Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day.
Check with your GP practice for their specific opening hours over the Christmas and New Year period. If you have an urgent medical concern when your GP is closed call NHS 111.
If you think you have an urgent medical concern, call 111. NHS 111 is open 24/7, 365 days a year. Calls to NHS 111 are free from a landline or mobile phone.
If you need crisis mental health help call NHS 111 option 2.
Dr Mark Sanderson, CCG medical director, said, “The festive period is such a brilliant time for many of us, but for the NHS it can mean increased pressures for services like hospitals and GP surgeries.
“By choosing the service that is right for you at the right time, staying at home if you have a stomach bug, and by keeping warm and staying hydrated, you’re giving the NHS the best Christmas gift of all. If you’re in doubt, please speak to a pharmacist or use NHS 111 before considering other options.”
You can find out opening times for local NHS health services including Wisbech, Doddington and Ely Minor Injury Units (MIU) and local pharmacies online at: https://www.cambridgeshireandpeterboroughccg.nhs.uk/news-and-events/latest-news/your-guide-to-local-nhs-services-available-over-christmas-and-new-year/
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