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What should people do if they feel unwell over Christmas or the New Year? Find out more about NHS services open over the holidays

The NHS is on hand to help people who need medical care or advice over Christmas and the New Year with extra GP appointments.

Dr Tim Spicer, Chair of Hammersmith and Fulham CCG and a local GP says:

"It’s important to look after yourself and stay well during the cold weather. Your local NHS is here to help, providing you with the right care at the right time.

“If someone needs medical help fast but it's not a 999 emergency, the best place to start is by telephoning NHS 111. It is open all day every day, 365 days a year.

 “You can visit your pharmacist for advice for many common complaints, and you can book extra GP and nurse appointments over Christmas and New Year including 24, 25, 26 December and 1 January.

 “Remember to keep warm and mobile at home during winter, especially if you are an older person. Please make sure you keep an eye on elderly neighbours during this cold period too, as they may require help and assistance.”

Local pharmacies can also help with a range of common illnesses and give advice. People are reminded to collect any repeat medications, especially asthma and diabetic medication and insulin, before Christmas Eve so to avoid running out of them over the holiday period.

Visit http://bit.ly/2yX9iCn to find out which pharmacies are open over the Christmas period.

Extended GP Access

Extra appointments are available over Christmas and New Year including 24, 25, 26 December and 1 January. People should call their GP practice receptionist to book an appointment or call NHS 111 when their practice is closed.