Stay well and choose well this Christmas

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We can all help reduce the pressure on NHS services during this busy time by planning ahead, keeping ourselves healthy and making sure we choose the right service for our needs if we do need care.

Here are our top tips for staying well:

  • Order repeat prescriptions early – With the Christmas and New Year bank holidays approaching, South West Lincolnshire CCG is reminding patients to order and collect any repeat prescriptions at least a week in advance of the bank holiday weekend as many pharmacies will be closed.

  • Give your medicine cabinet a makeover – The last thing anyone wants in the run-up to Christmas is to be ill. Unfortunately, every winter, colds, flu, stomach bugs and other ailments are all too common, which is why we are urging people to stock up on their medicine cabinet essentials.

  • Ask for advice – Your local pharmacist can offer you free health advice at any time, and no appointment is necessary. From coughs and colds to aches and pains, they can give you expert help on everyday illnesses and answer questions about prescribed and over the counter medicines.

    Find your nearest pharmacy on the NHS website

    See pharmacy rota (opening hours) Christmas and New year

If you do feel unwell, there are a range of services in place to help. Making sure you get the right care, at the right time, in the right place is important.

Here’s a quick guide to help you choose well:

  • ASAP Lincs is a new website and app that has been launched in Lincolnshire to help people find the most appropriate health care service for their medical needs. To find out how to treat your illness or injury, you can use the ‘search by condition’ function. You can also find opening hours, service locations and waiting times on the App and Website. Visit:www.asaplincs.nhs.ukor download the App free from the App store.

  • NHS 111 is a free-to-call phone number. You can call 111 any time day or night for advice on health problems and access to consultations with out-of-hours doctors. You should use this service if you need medical help fast but it is not a 999 emergency, don’t know who to call and need information or reassurance about what to do next.

  • GP Out of Hours service is available if you need a doctor out of normal hours, dial NHS 111 to contact the GP Out of Hours service.

    Appointments with a GP, nurse or other healthcare professional are now available in the evenings and weekends, either at your local practice or another nearby NHS service. Find out more

  • Visit your nearest minor injuries unit or urgent care centre for treatment of burns, cuts, sprains, wounds or infections, without an appointment.

Minor injuries units and urgent care centres

Minor injuries units

  • John Coupland Hospital, Ropery Road, Gainsborough, Lincolnshire, DN21 2TJ.
    Tel: 01427 816 502

    Open seven days: 8am – 8pm

  • Johnson Community Hospital, Spalding Road, Pinchbeck, PE11 3DT
    Tel: 01775 652000
    Open seven days: 8am – 6pm

  • Stamford Hospital, Ryhall Road, Stamford, Lincolnshire, PE9 1UA
    Tel: 01780 764151
    Open Monday – Friday: 9am- 5pm

Minor Illness Units

  • Sleaford Medical Group, 47 Boston Road, Sleaford, Lincolnshire, NG34 7HD
    Tel: 01529 419100
    Service for Sleaford Medical Group Patients only
    Open Monday - Friday 8:40am-7:30pm
    Types of minor illness that can be treated

Urgent Care Centres

  • Skegness Hospital, Dorothy Avenue, Skegness, Lincolnshire PE25 2BS
    Tel: 01754 613504
    Open: 24 hours, seven days a week (including Christmas Day and Bank Holidays)

  • County Hospital, High Holme Road, Louth, Lincolnshire LN11 0EU
    Tel: 01507 600100 ext 1223
    Open: 24 hours, seven days a week (including Christmas Day and Bank Holidays)

  • Sleaford Medical Group, 47 Boston Road, Sleaford, Lincolnshire, NG34 7HD
    Tel: 01529 419100
    Opening times: 6.30pm – 8pm weekdays, 8am – 6pm weekends Closed Christmas Day and Boxing Day

  • Accident & Emergency (A&E)is there for you in emergency and life-saving situations. You should only call 999 or go to A&E if you need immediate care and have symptoms of serious illness or injuries that could be life-threatening

See more information on choosing the right health service in Lincolnshire

Updated 05/12/2018