Tree up, presents wrapped… prescriptions ordered? With the festive season almost upon us, the NHS in Liverpool is encouraging people not to forget about their health as they make last-minute preparations for Christmas
NHS Liverpool Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) is reminding people of the benefits of getting organised in advance if you take regular medication, and of knowing the best place to get advice and treatment if you do become ill over Christmas.
GP Dr Fiona Lemmens, Urgent & Emergency Care Lead for NHS Liverpool CCG said:
“Many of us are busy buying presents, planning Christmas meals, and preparing for the arrival of relatives at this time of year, but thinking about your health now could also make Christmas a much more relaxing holiday.
“If you take medicine on a regular basis to help manage a long-term condition like high blood pressure, diabetes or asthma – or if have any children or relatives who do – now is the time to check that you have enough medication left to last you through the Christmas and New Year period.
“Don’t risk being caught short over the Bank Holidays, when your GP practice will be closed. Make sure that you plan ahead, and leave enough time to order and collect repeat prescriptions before Christmas Eve.”
Whilst no one wants to be ill over Christmas, it’s also really important to plan ahead and think about the best ways to access healthcare services over the Christmas period, just in case you do suddenly become unwell.
Dr Fiona Lemmens continues, “It’s useful to keep a well-stocked medicine cupboard at home. This will ensure that you’re prepared for dealing with any common illnesses like coughs, colds, sickness and diarrhoea yourself at home. Your local pharmacy will be happy to give you some advice on what to include.”
“If you do need to see a health professional, don’t forget that even when your GP surgery is closed over Christmas, you can still see a local GP through the GP Out-of-Hours service by contacting NHS 111.
“You can also visit any of the city’s local NHS Walk-in Centres for treatment and advice about a wide range of minor illnesses and injuries. They are open from early until late, including over weekends and bank holidays during the Christmas period, and you don’t need an appointment either - you can just walk in and be seen.”
Christmas opening times for local NHS Walk-in Centres are as follows:
For Christmas opening times for local pharmacists across the city, please click here.
For Abacus Sexual Health Clinical Service Christmas and New Year Opening Times 2017/18, please click here.
You can find all other normal opening times here: www.examineyouroptions.info
Dr Lemmens adds: “It’s really important that people know where to go and how to get help and advice should they suddenly become ill over the Christmas period, and only use the city’s busy A&E departments or ambulance services in a genuine 999 emergency situation, for the treatment of very serious or life threatening situations such as strokes, heart attacks or major bleeding.”
Below is a full list of options to consider for when you need to see a health professional quickly but it's not a 999 emergency:
Further details of which local pharmacies and NHS Walk-in Centres are open on Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day and where to find them, are available on Liverpool CCG’s website at: www.examineyouroptions.info
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