Help is on hand if you feel unwell over the Christmas and New Year period.
Over the upcoming festive period, there will be some changes to regular NHS services. To help you know what to do if you need to use health services this Christmas, check out the below guide from the Mid and South Essex Integrated Care System.Guide to health services this Christmas and New Year
The guide includes information about:
- Getting information and advice from NHS 111
- Where to get urgent mental health support
- Information about weekend and evening GP appointments
- What to do if you need urgent dental care
- General winter health advice
- Local pharmacies and their opening times across the Christmas and New Year period
“We want you to be able to get the right care, at the right time and in the right place when you are not feeling your best.
“There are lots of ways you can receive quick and effective help and support close to home to help you recover as quickly as possible. Our website provides lots of information to help you get the right care for you.”Dr Ronan Fenton, Medical Director for Mid and South Essex Integrated Care System
Cold weather can make some health problems worse and even lead to serious complications, especially if you are 65 or older, or if you have a long-term health condition.
Local pharmacists can offer medical advice on a range of conditions including coughs, colds, aches and pains, all without the need for an appointment. Over the festive period, your regular pharmacy may be shut or have different opening times on the bank holidays. The Mid and South Essex Integrated Care System website will provide up to date information on where to get help locally.
You can now access weekday evening and Saturday appointments with a GP, nurse, or other healthcare professional at more convenient times. Appointments are available from 6.30pm to 8pm, Monday to Friday and from 9am to 5pm on Saturdays. However, opening hours will vary over the Christmas and New Year period, with practices closed on bank holidays. Find out more about out of hours appointments in your area.
If you have an urgent medical problem that’s not life-threatening, or you’re not sure what to do, visit 111.nhs.uk. You will be directed to the service to best meet your needs. If you are unable to use the website you can call 111 available 24/7. In case of emergency only, or a life-threatening medical emergency, dial 999.