No one wants to get ill over Christmas, but it’s important to know where to get health advice and treatment, just in case residents become unwell.
The local NHS has published details of which services will be available over the festive season. Visit EssexDoYourBit.nhs.uk for more information.
From GP practices offering appointments on Christmas Eve, to details of which pharmacists will be open on Christmas Day, Boxing Day, New Year’s Day, and the Bank Holidays, residents are urged to find out where they can get health advice and treatment for a variety of minor illnesses and conditions.
If urgent help is required, residents can visit 111.nhs.uk or call 111 where they will be directed to the service that best meets their needs. This service is available 24/7.
It is important that everyone looks after their mental health at this time of year, so if things are feeling a bit too much or residents are feeling overwhelmed, anxious and stressed, support is now available for over 18s 24/7 by calling 111 and selecting option 2. Under 18s can call 0800 995 1000.
Residents are also reminded that if they take regular medication, it’s important to make sure they have enough to see them through the festive period. It is important to order your repeat prescriptions as soon as possible to allow enough time for the pharmacy to assess, make sure they have the right medicines in stock and safely dispense. Remember to collect your medicines before your pharmacy closes for the holidays.
To get a repeat prescription:
Find out more information using our guide to health services this festive season by visiting Do Your Bit | NHS