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What to do if you are unwell over Christmas and New Year

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22 December 2017

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What to do if you are unwell over Christmas and New Year

Care for yourself at home
If you have a common health issue, like a cough, cold, sore
throat or headache make sure you get plenty of rest and take
your usual painkillers or medicines, if you need them (always
read the label).

Call your GP
Your GP surgery will be closed on the following days:
Monday 25 December, Tuesday 26 December and Monday
1 January.
However, you can still phone your GP surgery and follow the
instructions on the recorded message, which will help you
find the best NHS service for your needs. This service is also
available when your GP surgery is closed on other days.-

 

Ask your pharmacist*
Pharmacists are highly trained health professionals and they
can offer advice on many common health problems and
medicines. There are lots of pharmacies in the area and you
don’t need an appointment. Find your nearest one at
www.nhs.uk or by calling NHS 111.

*please check pharmacy opening hours with your local pharmacy.

 

Call NHS 111

You should call NHS 111 if you urgently need medical help
or advice, or are not sure which NHS service you need. It is
staffed by highly trained advisors, is free to call and open 24/7.

Urgent Primary Care Service
If you have an urgent health problem, that you would
usually see your GP about, you can use the Urgent Primary
Care Service at Solihull Hospital. This service is open daily from
8am until 8pm. No appointment is necessary, but please call
NHS 111 for advice before you attend.

Minor Injuries Unit
If you have an injury or illness, which is not life threatening,
you can visit the Minor Injuries Unit at Solihull Hospital.
They can help you with things like: sprains and strains, cuts,
broken bones, minor burns and scalds, minor head injuries,
animal bites and minor eye injuries. They are open 24n and
no appointment is necessary, but please call NHS 111 for
advice before you attend, if possible.

Accident and Emergency (A&E) and 999
Please remember that calling 999 and going to A&E is for
serious and life-threatening emergencies only e.g. loss of
consciousness, severe chest pain, severe blood loss, suspected
stroke, breathing difficulties and severe burns.

 

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