Below is information on how to use your local services over the Christmas and New Year period. Information on opening times across Christmas and New Year is also included.
Use your pharmacy
Your local pharmacy can provide expert, confidential advice and treatment. Best of all, there is no need for an appointment.
- Offer advice on treating minor ailments and injuries
- Give advice on medication and whether you need to see your GP
- Help you manage certain long-term conditions
- Dispense medicine when you give them your prescription
- Dispense repeat prescriptions without the need to visit your GP
- Give sexual health and contraception advice
Visit your doctor
Please visit your GP surgery if you’re injured, unwell or have an ongoing problem that cannot be treated at home, or if you need advice on managing long-term conditions.
If it’s outside normal opening times you can ring your GP, or dial 111 (NHS 111), to access the out-of-hours service. If you have not registered with a doctor, dial 111 for expert advice on what to do next.
For accidents and unexpected health problems, call NHS 111. It’s free and is a fast and easy way for people to get the right help, whatever their health needs and whatever the time of day or night.
Callers to 111 are put through to a team of highly-skilled call advisers, who are supported by experienced nurses. They use a clinical assessment system and ask questions to assess callers’ needs and determine the most appropriate course of action.
Contacting NHS 111 if you have a speech or hearing impairment
If you are deaf, hard of hearing or speech-impaired you can contact the NHS 111 service using the InterpreterNow services.