THE SEASON of goodwill is upon us and for some there could be an unexpected illness or accident.
So, Solihull Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) is urging residents to know what options are available over the festive period if they are in need to get the right help.
Dr John Davenport, a GP from Solihull, said: “A number of pharmacies across the area are open on Christmas Day and Boxing Day. A pharmacist can offer you quick, confidential advice on lots of common illnesses, as well as over-the-counter medication.
“Some GP practices will also be offering limited appointments on Christmas Day and Boxing Day. Appointments need to be booked in advance, with your own GP practice, so just give them a call to find out more.
“Many common illnesses and injuries can be treated at home, so make sure you have a well-stocked medicine cabinet, to avoid having to venture out.
“Good items to have include your usual pain relief, pain relief for children, diarrhoea relief, rehydration sachets, antihistamines and heartburn and indigestion remedies, as well as first aid essentials, such as plasters, dressings, eye wash and bandages.”
For illnesses or injuries that can’t wait until your GP surgery is open, you can visit one of seven local walk-in or urgent care centres.
The four centres in Birmingham and Solihull that are open on Christmas Day between 8am and 8pm are Erdington Health and Wellbeing Centre on Erdington high Street, South Birmingham Walk-in Centre on Katie Road, Solihull Urgent Care Centre at Solihull Hospital on Lode Lane and Summerfield Urgent Care Centre on Heath Street in Birmingham.
All seven centres are open on Boxing Day.
Alternatively, you can call NHS 111 if you’re worried about an urgent medical concern, or if you’re not sure which NHS service you need. It is free to call, and available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.