Help Us Help You – find the right service to keep you well over the holiday season
Date: 19 December 2018
There is a range of local health services to treat and support people over Christmas and New Year:
• Self-care is the best choice for minor illnesses and injuries. A range of common winter ailments can be treated at home from a well-stocked medicine cabinet.
• Visit your local pharmacist for advice on coughs, headaches, upset stomachs and indigestion. Your pharmacist can help stop coughs and colds from getting worse. For a list of local pharmacies which are open on bank holidays see here or visit: https://www.oxfordshireccg.nhs.uk/your-health/choose-the-right-service/pharmacy.htm
• If your GP practice is closed you can contact the NHS 111 helpline which has call handlers who will help you choose the right health service for your needs.
• Minor injuries units (MIUs) can treat deep cuts, small burns, sprains, sports injuries, infected wounds and foreign bodies in eyes. There are three MIUs in Oxfordshire (Henley-on-Thames, Witney and Abingdon) and you don’t need an appointment to be seen.
• You can book a routine GP appointment for a weekend or evening by contacting your own surgery’s reception who will book you a time to see a doctor at a local GP access hub.
• If you are you out and about in Oxford City on a Friday or Saturday over the holiday period the SOS ambulance on Cornmarket Street can treat you from 10.45pm to 5am if you pick up a minor injury.
• Download Oxfordshire CCG’s ‘Health and Care Oxfordshire’ app to your smart phone to find health services near you http://bit.ly/iphoneappchoosewell or http://bit.ly/androidappchoosewell
The Accident and Emergency Department at the John Radcliffe hospital in Oxford or the Horton General Hospital in Banbury and the emergency ambulance service provide vital care for life-threatening emergencies, such as loss of consciousness, suspected heart attack or stroke, severe breathing difficulties or severe bleeding that cannot be stopped. In these cases call 999 immediately.
Please visit Oxfordshire CCG web pages for more information on local health services or see here: https://www.oxfordshireccg.nhs.uk/your-health/choose-the-right-service/choose-the-right-service.htm
Help us to help you keep well this Christmas and New Year.
- Date:19 December 2018