As part of its Twelve Days of Christmas Care campaign, Mid Essex CCG is today reminding local residents that they can save time in the waiting room by visiting their pharmacist for quick, confidential advice on a range of common illnesses.
A quick trip to the local pharmacy is usually enough to get the treatment needed to for most minor illnesses. You may not know it, but community pharmacists are qualified to offer expert advice there and then, evening or weekends (even in a private consultation room if needed). Don’t worry – if they think you need to be seen somewhere else, they will tell you.
Many pharmacies will be open for their normal hours every day through the holidays except for the bank holidays.. For a list of local pharmacies open over Christmas and New Year visit http://bit.ly/2gRebbW.
Mary Oaiya, Community Pharmacist at Boots Chelmer Village, said: “If you start to feel unwell, visit your local pharmacist who can provide free, expert advice on over-the-counter and prescription medicines. They can advise on lots of minor ailments too, including, coughs, colds, aches and pains. Visiting your pharmacist first of all can often prevent an unnecessary trip to hospital.
“I’d also recommend that everyone keeps well-stocked medicines cabinet containing simple remedies for minor illnesses such as coughs and colds, stomach upsets and minor cuts.
“It’s important for patients to order any medication they need in plenty of time for the festive period so they have a good supply. Don’t forget to take any medicines you use 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 remember that Accident and Emergency at your local hospital should not be used unless it is for serious or life-threatening illness or injury.
For more information on what you can do to stay well this winter, visit nhs.uk/staywell.