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How to stay well this winter - information on GP and pharmacy opening hours this Christmas and New Year

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Get ready for winter - advice on how to stay well this winter

Please keep A&E free for those who need it - if you go to A&E when you don't need to, you will be turned away to the most appropriate health service for you.

Date

GP

Pharmacy

Saturday 23 December

Ring NHS 111 for the GP out of hours service

Normal opening hours - contact your local pharmacist 

Sunday 24 December

Ring NHS 111 for the GP out of hours service

Normal opening hours - contact your local pharmacist 

Monday 25 December: 
Christmas Day

Ring NHS 111 for the GP out of hours service

SMS Pharmacy, 86 Devonshire Street, Salford, M7 4AE 
9am - 7pm, 0161 792 4960

Newbury Place Pharmacy, 55 Rigby Street, Salford, M7 4NX
10am - 1pm, 0161 792 1017

Tuesday 26 December: 
Boxing Day

Ring NHS 111 for the GP out of hours service

Newbury Place Pharmacy, 55 Rigby Street, Salford, M7 4NX
10am - 1pm, 0161 792 1017

Boots, Regent Retail Park, Ordsall Lane, Salford, M5 3TP
9am - 6pm, 0161 792 1017

Lloyds Pharmacy (Sainsburys), 100 Regent Road, Salford, M5 4QU
10am - 4pm, 0161 834 3727

Wednesday 27 December

Normal opening hours - contact your GP or local pharmacist for details

Thursday 28 December

Normal opening hours - contact your GP or local pharmacist for details

Friday 29 December

Normal opening hours - contact your GP or local pharmacist for details

Saturday 30 December

Ring NHS 111 for the GP out of hours service

Normal opening hours - contact your local pharmacist 

Sunday 31 December

Ring NHS 111 for the GP out of hours service

Normal opening hours - contact your local pharmacist 

Monday 01 January: 
New Year's Day

Ring NHS 111 for the GP out of hours service

SMS Pharmacy, 86 Devonshire Street, Salford, M7 4AE 
9am - 7pm, 0161 792 4960

Newbury Place Pharmacy, 55 Rigby Street, Salford, M7 4NX
10am - 1pm, 0161 792 1017

Lloyds Pharmacy (Sainsburys), 100 Regent Road, Salford, M5 4QU
10am - 4pm, 0161 834 3727

Tuesday 02 January

Normal opening hours - contact your GP or local pharmacist for details

 

It’s Christmas Day and I’ve woken up feeling ill. What do I do?

The best treatment for most common winter illnesses - like the flu, coughs and colds, aches and pains, or an upset stomach - is usually self-care.

The NHS Choices website, www.nhs.uk, has really useful tips. If you’re in doubt about what to do, you can call NHS 111 for fast medical advice.

Please do not go to A&E unless it is a life-threatening emergency.

 

What is NHS 111?

NHS 111 is the number to use if you are not in an emergency/life-threatening situation but do need medical attention quickly. NHS 111 is available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Calls are free from landlines and mobile phones.

For D/deaf people, or people with hearing loss, use your textphone and call 18001 111.

 

Can’t I just go to my GP?

Appointments at the GP Out of Hours Service will be available on Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day – but these should only be for people who need to see a GP urgently. If you are unwell and want to see a doctor, ring NHS 111 for free and you’ll be directed to the service.
 

Don’t forget - pharmacists are qualified high street medicine experts and can give advice on how to treat everyday winter illnesses and minor injuries. There are a small number of pharmacies open on Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day:
 

Salford pharmacies open over Christmas and New Year
Name Address Telephone Christmas Day Boxing Day New Year's Day
SMS Pharmacy

86 Devonshire Street, Salford, M7 4AE

0161 792 4960 9am - 7pm CLOSED 9am - 6pm
Newbury Place Pharmacy

55 Rigby Street, Salford, M7 4NX

0161 792 1017 10am - 1pm 10am - 1pm 10am - 1pm
Boots Regent Retail Park, Ordsall Lane, Salford, M5 3TP 0161 834 9316 CLOSED 9am - 6pm CLOSED
 Lloyds Pharmacy (Sainsburys) 100 Regent Road, Salford, M5 4QU 0161 834 3727 CLOSED 10am - 4pm 10am - 1pm


Preparation is everything. Visiting your local pharmacy before the Christmas and New Year bank holidays is a good start. Stock up on over-the-counter items like paracetamol and ibuprofen.
 

What if I need to see a dentist?

Most dental problems can wait until your dentist is open. Your dentist’s answer phone will tell you when they are open. If you have an urgent problem and can’t wait during the evening, weekend or bank holidays you can call the Out Of Hours dental emergency line on 0161 337 2246. 
 

During working hours, if you need a dentist but are not registered with one, call the Dental Helpline on 0161 476 9649 and you will be given help.
 

What about A&E?

Our A&E departments are getting busier and it’s really important that those people who are in need of emergency treatment get treated as quickly as possible.


We need to keep A&E departments and 999 free for life-threatening and serious emergencies, such as heart attacks, strokes, serious head injuries and breathing problems.


The best way people can help A&E to treat these emergencies is for them to choose the right place for treatment if they are feeling unwell.


By using self-care, NHS Choices, NHS 111 and your pharmacist, many common winter illnesses can be treated without the need to visit your GP or A&E.

 

What can I do if I forget to collect a repeat prescription?


Planning and preparation is really important over any busy period, so try not to leave collecting your repeat prescription until the last minute, and remember to ask yourself whether you have enough to last over the festive break.


If you do forget, you can pick up repeat prescriptions from certain pharmacists, which will save you a trip to a GP out of hours. Just call NHS 111 for information on where to go.

 

What if I need to see a dentist?

Most dental problems can wait until your dentist is open. Your dentist’s answer phone will tell you when they are open. If you have an urgent problem and can’t wait during the evening, weekend or bank holidays you can call the Out Of Hours dental emergency line on 0161 337 2246. 
 

During working hours, if you need a dentist but are not registered with one, call the Dental Helpline on 0161 476 9649 and you will be given help.

 

Is there anything that I can do to help my elderly neighbour who lives alone?


The elderly may be more vulnerable to the common cold and winter illnesses and have a higher chance of developing complications, so, when checking on them, the first thing to do is make sure their homes are warm enough – at least 18°C (65F).


Checking they’ve got enough medication at home and whether they’ve been to see their pharmacist to stop any minor conditions getting worse, is also very important.


You may also want to help your elderly relatives and neighbours if they have mobility issues by getting their shopping, so that they do not run out of the everyday essentials over the festive period.

 

Get your free flu vaccination


Don’t put off getting the flu vaccination. If you’re eligible, get it now. It’s free because you need it. The flu vaccine is the best protection we have against unpredictable virus. It is vital that those eligible have it every year as the vaccine protects against different strains of flu which can change and/or evolve each year


Are you eligible for a free vaccination?


The flu vaccination is offered free of charge to people who are:

  • Aged over 65 years old

  • Living with a long-term health condition
    (for example, diabetes, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), bronchitis, chronic heart disease/failure, Parkinson's disease)

  • Living in a residential or nursing home

  • Pregnant women

  • The main carer of an older or person living with a disability

  • Children aged 2 - 8 years old


The flu vaccination and children


Flu can be horrible for little children and if they get it, they can spread it around the whole family. For children aged 2 – 8, the flu vaccine is not an injection, just a quick nasal spray. If you are a parent or carer of a child aged 2 to 3, contact your GP so they can get the nasal spray. Children aged 4 to 8 (i.e in school from Reception to Year 4) can have the flu nasal spray at school. 


The flu vaccine can be given at the same time as all routine childhood vaccines.

 

How do I get the flu vaccine?


The vaccine is most effective if given in October and early November but can still be effective in December and January.


If you fit the above criteria, speak to your GP to book a vaccination appointment and get the best possible protection. Also, those eligible for the free flu vaccination can attend most local pharmacies who will also provide the vaccination if you are over 18. Click here for the list of pharmacists in Salford where you can get your flu vaccination.


What else can you to do stay well this winter:

 

  • Keep warm – this may help prevent colds, flu or more serious health conditions such as heart attacks, strokes and pneumonia. For more advice on help available on how you can keep warm this winter go to http://www.salford.gov.uk/warmsalford

  • Eat well – food gives you energy, which helps to keep you warm. So, try to have regular hot meals and drinks throughout the day.


For more help and advice on how you can stay well this winter, go to http://www.nhs.uk/staywell