Ahead of the New Year’s Day bank holiday, Birmingham GP Dr Richard Mendelsohn, has this advice:
“It is important to know what your options are if you need health advice over the new year period, to ensure you can get the right help when you need it.
“A number of pharmacies across Birmingham and Solihull are open on New Year’s Day. A pharmacist can offer you quick, confidential advice on lots of common illnesses, as well as over-the-counter medication.
“Some GP practices will also be offering limited appointments on New Year’s Day. Appointments need to be booked in advance, with your own GP practice, so just give them a call to find out more.
“If you have an illness or injury that can’t wait until your GP surgery is open, you can visit one of seven local walk-in or urgent care centres, which are all open on New Year’s Day.
“Alternatively, you can call NHS 111 if you’re worried about an urgent medical concern, or if you’re not sure which NHS service you need. It is free to call, and available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
“Many common illnesses and injuries can be treated at home, so make sure you have a well-stocked medicine cabinet, to avoid having to venture out. Good items to have include your usual pain relief, pain relief for children, diarrhoea relief, rehydration sachets, antihistamines and heartburn and indigestion remedies, as well as first aid essentials, such as plasters, dressings, eye wash and bandages.”
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