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Stay well over Christmas and New Year

Now that the festive period is in full swing Vale of York Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) is advising patients that if they become unwell over the holidays, pharmacies will be open over Christmas and New Year.

Find out the opening times of your nearest pharmacy here.

While some of the region’s GP surgeries will be closed on Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day, some pharmacies will be open and are the place to go for treatment and advice on common illnesses and ailments, including colds, flu, and minor rashes.

Dr Nigel Wells, the CCG’s Clinical Chair said: “It is important that people are well prepared to take care of themselves and their loved ones over the festive break.

“By taking simple stapes like making sure they have a well-stocked medicine cabinet means they will be able to treat the most common symptoms at home. It’s important to remember that Pharmacists are experts in medicines and can give people advice without the need for a GP appointment.”

If people need urgent help, but it’s not a 999 emergency, call NHS 111 or go online to for advice and direction to the most appropriate service. NHS 111 is available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year and calls are free.

The CCG is also advising that people check their medicine cabinets so that they are prepared for winter should they become ill. A medicine cabinet should include:

We can all take small simple steps to look after our health and of others this winter, this includes keeping warm, eating well and checking up on vulnerable neighbours. By looking after yourself and others, you really will be helping your NHS. To find out more click here 

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