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Urgent health advice when we are closed

Please note that we will be closed on the following dates over the festive period:

  • Monday, 27 December 2021
  • Tuesday, 28 December 2021
  • Monday, 3 January 2022

If during this time you require medical advice or treatment you can:

Visit your pharmacy. Your local pharmacy can provide confidential, expert advice and treatment for a range of common illnesses and complaints. Opening times for local Pharmacies can be downloaded or you can visit NHS Choices.

Access NHS 111. If you need urgent medical advice but your condition is not life threatening, you can access NHS 111 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, either online or via phone.

To access the service online simply visit https://111.nhs.uk/ and enter your age, sex, postcode and main symptom, and then you will be guided through a series of questions about your health problems.

To access the service via phone, simply dial 111 from any mobile or landline free of charge and you will be put through to an operator who will run through a few questions regarding your health problem in order to get you the right care.

A&E or 999. For a genuine medical emergency including; loss of consciousness, acute confused state and fits that are not stopping, persistent and or/severe chest pain, breathing difficulties, severe bleeding that cannot be stopped call 999 or go to your nearest A&E.

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Have you got enough medication to cover the Christmas and New Year Period?

During the Christmas and New Year period, the practice will be closed on the following dates:

  • Monday, 27 December 2021
  • Tuesday, 28 December 2021
  • Monday, 3 January 2022

If you take any prescription medications, please make sure that you have enough or make sure you order a repeat prescription early enough to cover you for this period – please allow at least 48 hours (working days only) for this to be ready.

What’s in Your first Aid Kit?

It is also a good idea to check your first aid kit is well stocked for Winter to help you self-care for minor illnesses and injuries. There are a number of things you can have in your first aid kit for any such eventualities:

  • Thermometer
  • Painkillers such as Paracetamol or Ibuprofen (or infant paracetamol for children)
  • Cough medicine
  • Cold and flu relief drinks or capsules
  • Throat lozenges
  • Diarrhoea relief
  • Antiseptic cream
  • Antihistamine tablets
  • Plasters
  • Tweezers
  • Sterile gauze dressings
  • Bandages
  • Alcohol-free cleansing wipes

Your local Pharmacy is a great place to stock up on all the above items and you can find your nearest one and view their opening hours at nhs.uk.

Please remember to make sure your first aid kit is kept in a cool, dry place out of the reach of children.