How to have a healthy Christmas

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Nobody wants to wake up on Christmas Day with a rotten cold, and imagine having to stay in on New Year’s Eve because you are feeling unwell? That’s why now is a good time to think about what to do if you or a member of your family feels ill over the festive period.

NHS South Lincolnshire Clinical Commissioning Group is working with its partners to provide information on how to get health help over Christmas and New Year. As an organisation led by clinicians, we want to make sure that people know what to do and what services are available to them if they are feeling unwell.

The best place to start is with a well-stocked medicine cabinet. You can buy a wide range of basic medicines that will help treat minor illnesses including coughs, colds and flu from your local pharmacy. Many of these remedies can also be bought from a supermarket or your local convenience store. Why not add some to your basket during your Christmas shop?

Pharmacists can also offer trusted advice on a range of issues whether it’s a cough or managing a long-term condition. They are highly trained and able to tell you if something needs more urgent medical attention from your GP, or even your local hospital.

Now is also the time to check if you need to order a repeat prescription to last over the holidays. Make sure you place any orders for repeat prescriptions with your GP in plenty of time to ensure you don’t run out. Allow about four working days and only order what you need.

Pharmacies are also open during the holiday period, see details of Christmas and New Year opening times >>

Anyone who lives in, or is visiting, Lincolnshire can dial NHS111 when they need urgent health assistance and advice, but it's not a 999 emergency. The NHS111 number is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year. Calls from landlines and mobile phones are free.

The Christmas and New Year period is always one of the busiest times of the year for the health service and using the NHS111 service ensures you get the best service to meet your health needs. This could mean a late-opening pharmacy, an emergency dentist, an out-of-hours GP, community nurse, minor injuries unit, urgent care centre or A&E department. By using NHS111 you can help free up 999 and local A&E departments so that they can focus on emergency cases.

For immediate, life-threatening emergencies you should always dial 999.

Published 18/12/2019