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Plan ahead for medical needs over Xmas holiday closures

People are reminded to make sure they know where they can get medical treatment over Christmas and order repeat prescriptions in time for the festive Bank holidays.

Over the festive period most pharmacists and GP surgeries will be closed so the local NHS is advising residents to plan ahead to order their repeat prescriptions, and make sure they use the right service for their medical needs, freeing up emergency care for those most in need.

A website at www.sussexhelpmy.nhs.uk highlights the all the available alternatives to A&E visits or GP appointments, and has searchable listings on the most appropriate services available across Sussex to treat a range of illness and injuries.

The NHS Walk In Centre at Brighton Station is open 8:00 to 20:00 for treatment without appointments over the holidays (only closing for Xmas day), NHS 111 is available all day every day and NHS choices at www.nhs.uk is available to check symptoms online around the clock. Some local pharmacists will be open over the holidays, and no appointment necessary to see them.  Most have private consultation areas, and will say if you need further medical attention.

Dr David Supple, Brighton GP and Chair of NHS Brighton and Hove CCG, said “While we want everyone to enjoy Xmas in good health, if you do get ill there are a raft of NHS services there to treat you over the festive period. Using the alternative services to hospitals and GPs when appropriate will free up A&E Departments to provide vital care for life-threatening emergencies, meaning doctors can help those in most need swiftly.”