Winter Ready - Health Ready

Cold weather can be seriously bad for your health. That's why it's important to look after yourself, especially during the winter. If you start to feel unwell, even if it's a cough or a cold, don't wait until it gets more serious. Seek advice from your pharmacist.

Pharmacy Opening Times over Christmas and the New Year

If you need medical advice, prescriptions or over the counter medicines over the festive period please find a pharmacy near you. If you've been prescribed medication, don't forget to pick up your prescription before the Christmas holidays start. Many GPs and pharmacies will close over the holidays. 

Medical advice over Christmas and the New Year

If you want to check the opening hours of your GP surgery you can use NHS Choices

Think you need medical help right now? 

You can call NHS 111 where a fully trained advisor will help advise on the best course of action. NHS 111 is much more than a helpline. You can speak to fully trained advisors available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, who can put you straight through to healthcare professionals, as well as arrange face-to-face appointments and assess if you need an ambulance.

So, if you think you need urgent non-life-threatening medical help, call NHS 111 or go to NHS 111 online.

Help the NHS, Help You Stay Well This Winter

In winter, the number of A&E attendances increase substantially, putting an additional, but sometimes avoidable, burden on the NHS. The 'Help Us, Help You' campaign encourages the most vulnerable people in society to take better care of their health as the colder months approach, by promoting self-care and driving an uptake of pre-emptive health measures; and supports the public in finding the right NHS service for their medical need to better enable the NHS to help them.

For more information on how to Stay Well This Winter, please visit

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