With Christmas fast approaching, North Yorkshire residents are being asked to choose the right service during the holidays.
GP practices in North Yorkshire will be closed from 25 December reopening on Tuesday 29 December. Practices will also be closed on Friday 1 January and will then reopen on Monday 4 January.
Residents who need medical help should ring NHS 111 – trained health professionals can advise on where to go for the best treatment – or if it’s something less serious like a cough, cold or rash, people can visit their local community pharmacy for advice and support. In emergency patients should always dial 999.
Community pharmacies will also be available but some with limited opening hours. Details of all pharmacy opening times in North Yorkshire can be found here: https://www.northyorkshireccg.nhs.uk/north-yorkshire-pharmacy-opening-times-over-christmas-and-new-year/
Dr Charles Parker, Clinical Chair for NHS North Yorkshire Clinical Commissioning Group, said: “It is important people use NHS resources sensibly and ‘choose the right care, first time.’
“A wide range of common illnesses and injuries can be treated at home simply with over-the-counter medicines and plenty of rest. Often there is no shortcut to recovery – in many cases these things just need to run their course.
“While it’s possible to walk in and be seen at A&E, it’s much better to pre-book an appointment through NHS 111, who will direct you to the most appropriate place to meet your needs.
“The Accident and Emergency department and 999 are for emergencies only, in serious or life-threatening situations.”
Patients are also encouraged to download the NHS App, or visit the NHS website (www.nhs.uk) for further information and support.