This handy guide will help you access the right health advice and treatment over the holiday period should you or a member of your family become ill and need medical help.
1) Self care – stock up on medicines for coughs and colds at home to see you through the winter and make sure you are up to date with repeat prescriptions
2) www.nhs.uk – to check symptoms, get answers to common health questions, enquire about non-urgent health matters and find local services
3) Pharmacist — for advice on common winter illnesses, and the best medicines to treat them – to find your nearest pharmacy log on to www.nhs.uk or text pharmacy to -.
Download a list of pharmacies open on Christmas Day and other Bank Holidays
4) GP – If you need medical attention your GP is your first point of contact for non-emergency illnesses which you can’t treat yourself, and practices can offer same day appointments if necessary.
5) GP out of hours service – When the surgery is closed, you can still see a local GP by calling your usual practice number and following the instructions to connect to the service
6) 111 – when you need medical help fast but it’s not a – emergency. NHS 111 is available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Call 111 – free from landlines and mobiles
7) Dental services – the emergency dental service can help if you have an urgent problem.