LOCAL people are being urged to choose the right care for their symptoms, helping health services to help them to stay well this Christmas and treat those most in need as health services go through an extremely busy time.
Health services across Rotherham experience extreme pressure at Christmas, however help is at hand for those who need it. Several Rotherham pharmacies will be open when other health services and shops are closed over the Christmas and New Year holidays if you need to buy over-the-counter medicines because you’re unwell.
Remember, your local pharmacist is a mine of useful health care information if you’re feeling under the weather. They are highly qualified to give advice on a wide range of common health problems and the best medicines to treat them. They prescribe from a range of medications so you don’t even have to go to your doctor for some things.
There will be pharmacies open on Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day. Opening times for pharmacies across Rotherham can be viewed on the NHS Rotherham CCG website at http://www.rotherhamccg.nhs.uk/christmas-and-new-year-arrangements-2017.htm
The 24 hour helpline, NHS 111, is open throughout Christmas to provide advice when you are feeling ill. If you urgently need to see a doctor on bank holidays (Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day) or when your practice is closed NHS 111 can arrange for an appointment with an out-of-hours doctor.
Dr David Clitherow, local GP and GP lead for urgent care at NHS Rotherham CCG, said: “Most ailments and illnesses, such as coughs, colds, sore throats, aches and pains can be self-treated at home with a well-stocked medicines cabinet. NHS 111 and pharmacists are highly qualified to give advice on a wide range of common health problems and the beat way to treat them. However, if your symptoms are severe and won’t go away then there are doctors available when your own practice is closed to provide advice.
“At this time of year most people, especially children, get coughs and colds, however pharmacists can prescribe free oral paracetamol. The best way to look after someone with a cold or cough is to make sure they have plenty to drink and if they have a temperature, paracetamol will help. You do not need to visit a doctor, instead if the symptoms persist you should contact your pharmacy to get the right medicine for your illness.
“Choosing the right treatment over the next couple of weeks will help patients get better quicker and help clinicians to help those in most need of medical attention.”
Local GP practices will be open as normal, 8am - 6.30pm, up to Friday 22nd December. They will re-open on Wednesday 27th December through to Friday 29th December 2017.
Appointments to see a GP are available on Saturdays, 8am to 11am, at hubs across Rotherham covering all the local population. GP hub appointments are available at Broom Lane Medical Centre, 8am - 2pm, on Boxing Day (26th) and New Year’s Day (1st January). Appointments are also being available on Sundays from 24th December 2017. Patients should speak to a receptionist at their own practice who can book an appointment and advise where to attend.