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Ho-Ho-How you can help the NHS this Christmas

User AvatarPosted by Beatrice Liddell at 19/12/2014 15:10:44

‘Tis the season to be jolly but try not to put extra strain on medical services this Christmas.

The advice comes from GP Dr Mark Jones, who chairs NHS Canterbury and Coastal Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), which plans and pays for the area’s health services.

Dr Jones said: “The weekend just before Christmas, and in between Christmas and New Year, are traditionally very busy times for the NHS, which see many patients using out-of-hours GP services and going to A&E.

“We ask patients who do not need urgent treatment to leave these services free for those who really need them.

“Please be aware that GP practices in Canterbury will be working as usual from 8am to 6.30pm on 22, 23 and 24 December, and open again the following week, except for New Year’s Day. They will always try to fit you in, if you need to be seen the same day.

“Patients can also help by checking if you have an important repeat prescription which will run out over the festive season and re-ordering it now, if you still need the medication.

“Patients can check opening times, or seek advice for common symptoms by using our Health Help Now app – available from the App Store and Google Play, or at www.healthhelpnow-nhs.net

“Anyone who needs medical advice fast when it is not a 999 emergency should call NHS 111 when their practice is closed.

“Patients can also help by treating minor illnesses and basic injuries at home, and by making sure they are prepared for health problems over Christmas.

“While you are getting ready for Christmas, make sure you have a well-stocked medicine cabinet at home which should include paracetamol, cold remedies, antiseptic wipes, plasters, tweezers and a thermometer.”

The Dementia Helpline is open throughout the festive period, 24 hour a day, on 0800 500 3014. Hopeline (08000 684141) is open from 2pm to 5pm on Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day. Kent Mental Healh Matters (08001 070160) is open all hours and the Samaritans are also open throughout the period on 08457 909090.
If you need urgent medical help but it is not a life-threatening 999 emergency, call the free NHS 111 phone service.

Opening times

Christmas Day
Boots Pharmacy, Station Road, Herne Bay, CT6 5NE, 01227 372792 – 11am to noon
Tankerton Pharmacy, 99 Tankerton Road, Whitstable, CT52AJ, 01227 272336 – 5pm to 6pm
A Carlisle Ltd, 14 Cross Lane, Faversham, ME13 8PN, 01795 532784 – 11am to noon
DentaLine, 01634 890300 -   8.30am to 1.25pm
Kent & Canterbury Hospital Minor Injuries Unit, Ethelbert Road, Canterbury, CT1 3NG, 01227 766877 – open all hours
Faversham Minor Injury Unit, Faversham Cottage Hospital, Stone Street, Faversham, ME13 8PS, 01795 562069– 8am to 8pm
Whitstable Estuary View Minor Injury Unit, Estuary View Medical Centre, Boorman Way near Thanet Way, Whitstable, CT5 3RL, 01227 284300 – 8am to 8pm

Boxing Day
Asda Pharmacy, Sturry Road, Canterbury, CT1 1DG, 01227 378890  – 9am to 6pm
Boots Pharmacy, 33-35 High Street, Whitstable, CT5 1AP, 01227 272677  – 10am to 4pm
Boots Pharmacy, Ten Perch Road, Canterbury, CT13TQ, 01227 781369   – 8am to 6pm
Boots Pharmacy, 12 Gravel Walk, Canterbury, CT1 2TF, 01227 470944 – 7am to 6pm
Delmergate, 145 Reculver Road, Herne Bay, CT6 6PD, 01227 372185 – 11am to noon
Boots Pharmacy, 17 Market Street, Sandwich, CT13 9DA, 01304 612047 – 10am to 4pm
Boots Pharmacy, 82-83 Preston Street, Faversham, ME13 8NU, 01795 532173   11am to noon
Kent & Canterbury Hospital Minor Injuries Unit,  Ethelbert Road, Canterbury, CT1 3NG, 01227 766877 – open all hours

New Year’s Day

Newton Place Surgery,Newton Road, Faversham, ME13 8FH, 01795 597509 – 11am to noon
Asda Pharmacy, Sturry Road, Canterbury, CT1 1DG, 01227 378890  – 10am to 4pm
Boots Pharmacy, 33-35 High Street, Whitstable, CT5 1AP, 01227 272677
 – 10am to 4pm
Boots Pharmacy, Ten Perch Road, Canterbury, CT13TQ, 01227 781369   – 10am to 6pm
Boots Pharmacy, 12 Gravel Walk, Canterbury, CT1 2TF, 01227 470944 – 10am to 5pm
Lloyds, 91 Sea Street, Herne Bay, CT6 8QQ, 01227 375371 – 11am to noon
Sainsbury’s Pharmacy, Kingsmead Road, Canterbury, CT11BW, 01227 463808 -  10am to 5pm
DentaLine, 01634 890300 - 8.30am to 1.25pm
Faversham Minor Injury Unit, Faversham Cottage Hospital, Stone Street, Faversham, ME13 8PS, 01795 562069– 8am to 8pm
Whitstable Estuary View Minor Injury Unit, Estuary View Medical Centre, Boorman Way near Thanet Way, Whitstable, CT5 3RL, 01227 284300 – 8am to 8pm
Kent & Canterbury Hospital Minor Injuries Unit, Ethelbert Road, Canterbury, CT1 3NG, 01227 766877 – open all hours