No one wants their Christmas and New Year ruined by being unwell. So the NHS and its partners are urging people to stay well this winter by being prepared.
They are offering the following advice to people in the area to ensure that they can enjoy the festive period.
People taking regular prescription medication are being advised to order their repeat prescriptions. This is important so that you do not run out over the Christmas period.
Anyone who feels unwell shouldn’t wait until it gets serious. Instead, they should ask for help from the local pharmacist.
Many pharmacies will have reduced opening hours over the Bank Holidays. However, some will be open on Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day. Opening times can be found by visiting staywellthiswinter.co.uk
While winter can be very demanding on health services. It’s important people visit the right services so they can be seen and treated quickly and effectively. If you are still unsure where to go, call NHS 111 for advice.
For people needing to see a GP or a nurse over Christmas and the New Year appointments are available for routine, non-urgent care.
Residents can book these appointments by calling their GP practice.
For those people with a long-term health condition such as COPD, bronchitis, emphysema, diabetes, heart or kidney disease, or have suffered a stroke, then the cold weather could make these conditions worse.
What You Can Do If You Feel Unwell Over The Festive Period
Get advice straight away from a pharmacist at the first signs or symptoms of a winter respiratory illness, before it gets more serious.
Dr Gina Palumbo said;
“Like any other day, you can become unwell over the Bank Holiday period. Some minor illnesses can be safely managed at home through self-care.”
“However, there are a number of services available. I would urge you to make sure you visit the most appropriate for your condition.”
Dr James Crick added;
“If you take regular medication it is important to stock up in good time for the winter holidays. This will help you to stay well over the break.”
“Make sure to keep warm as the cold can cause complications for some people, particularly those with an existing medical condition. Try to heat your home to at least 18c and wear several layers as this will hold more heat close to your body.”
“Finally, winter can be very busy for local health services. Please make sure you choose the right service for your needs. If you’re unsure where to go you can always call NHS 111 for advice.”