Where to go for help with health over Christmas and New Year

The pharmacy is often the best bet
The pharmacy is often the best bet

South Lincolnshire NHS leaders are encouraging people to choose their health services wisely over Christmas and the New Year.

Dr Kevin Hill, chair of NHS South Lincolnshire CCG, said: “People should make good use of their local pharmacy, many of which will be open over Christmas when other services may be closed.

Pharmacies are the best place to get the right advice and treatment for coughs, colds and flu, along with many other illnesses.

“We’re urging the public to choose well this winter, and “Another useful service to remember is the free NHS helpline 111, which offers health advice and information 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

“We’re also reminding people to make sure they have all the medication they need for the Christmas period and have ordered their repeat prescriptions in plenty of time to cover the holidays.”

If you are unsure how to treat an urgent condition – but not a life-threatening emergency - that occurs when you cannot get help from your GP or pharmacist, dial 111, the free 24-hour NHS helpline, for an assessment and advice. They can also direct you to the most appropriate local service that is open.

PHARMACY: Your local pharmacist can provide confidential, expert advice and treatment for a range of common illnesses and complaints, without you having to go to your GP or other healthcare setting.

NHS 111: This is a service which makes it easier for you to access NHS services. NHS 111 is available 24 hours a day, 365 days of the year and is free when you telephone 111. You can call 111 when you need medical help fast but is not a 999 emergency.

GP OUT OF HOURS SERVICE: If you need a doctor out of normal hours, dial NHS 111 to contact the GP Out of Hours service.

MINOR INJURY UNIT: Johnson Community Hospital, Spalding Road, Pinchbeck. Tel: 01775 652000. Open: 8am-6pm, seven days a week.

CHEMIST ROTA FOR THE CHRISTMAS AND NEW YEAR PERIOD

SPALDING: A pharmacy service is provided on weekdays until 6.30pm at West Elloe Pharmacy, Spalding, and on Sundays from 10am to 4pm at Boots the Chemist, Spalding. Sainbury’s Pharmacy is open on Monday to Friday until 11pm, Saturday until 10pm and Sunday 10am to 4pm. Sainsbury’s pharmacy will be open Christmas Eve 7am-11pm. West Elloe Pharmacy will provide Christmas Day cover from noon to 1pm. Sainsbury’s Pharmacy is open 7am-10pm on Boxing Day, 9am-6pm on December 28 and 9am-6pm on New Year’s Day.

HOLBEACH: Boots offers a pharmacy service up to 6pm, Monday to Friday. Boots will be closed on Christmas Day, open Saturday, December 26, 8.30am-5pm and closed on December 28 and New Year’s Day.

LONG SUTTON: Alliance Pharmacy is open until 6.30pm Monday to Friday and 9am-5pm Saturday, but will be closed on Christmas Day, December 28 and New Year’s Day.