The NHS is reminding residents in mid and north east Essex where they can access expert medical treatment to help them stay well during the Christmas holidays.
Patients can save time in the waiting room by visiting their pharmacist for quick, confidential advice on a range of common illnesses. Many pharmacies will be open for their normal hours on every day through the holidays except for the bank holidays.
Paula Wilkinson, Chief Pharmacist at NHS Mid Essex CCG said: “Your local pharmacy can help you with more than you might think. Community Pharmacists offer expert, confidential advice and treatment for many minor health problems including; coughs, colds, minor injuries, tummy troubles, allergies and general aches and pains.
“As most GP surgeries will be closed on Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day we would also encourage patients to order any medication they need in plenty of time so they have a good supply during the festive period – and don’t forget to take your medicines with you if you go away.”
If people need medical help urgently, NHS 111 is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, including Christmas Day and Boxing Day. Simply call 111 from your landline or mobile to access advice and help to contact the local GP out of hour’s service.
Please do not forget that Accident and Emergency at your local hospital should not be used unless it is for critical or life threatening illness or injury.
For more information on what you can do to stay well this winter, please visit nhs.uk/staywell.
Click here to download pharmacy opening hours over the Christmas holidays.*
* Times and dates correct at time of writing.