Hillingdon residents are being warned that GP practises may be closed or have reduced hours over the winter period, and should check when services will be available in advance.
Family doctors at Hillingdon CCG are also reminding residents to make sure they stock up on necessary medicines now to stay well over the Christmas period.
No one wants their Christmas ruined by illness – especially if it could be avoided with a few simple steps beforehand.
Residents should speak to their local pharmacist today about the medicines they might need in their home to help them and their families through the holiday season.
Pharmacists are fully qualified to give advice on the best course of action to take should people start to feel unwell.
Minor common illnesses such as colds, sore throats, coughs and earaches should not be treated by antibiotics in the first instance, so it is best to speak to a pharmacist who can give advice on the right medication to take.
It is also important to drink lots of fluids, rest and have at least one hot meal a day.
Dr Ian Goodman, a Hillingdon GP and Chair of Hillingdon CCG said: “Running out of prescription medication during the winter holidays can be serious and your local pharmacist is on hand to help you stock up on any medicines you might need.
“Especially with vulnerable relatives, friends or neighbours. There’s nothing worse than seeing a Christmas ruined for the sake of a simple chat with an expert at a local pharmacy beforehand.”
Stock up for Christmas
The winter holiday season is often a very busy period for the NHS. Residents are advised to pick up any prescription medicines as soon as possible so they have enough to last the holiday period.
It is also important to take any prescribed antibiotics or other medications as directed.
Older neighbours, relatives and friends may need a bit of extra help during the winter season. Keep in touch with them and check if they are feeling under the weather.
They may need help stocking up on food supplies or collecting necessary medication before Christmas Eve or a spell of bad weather.
Dr Goodman said: “This is the season of goodwill so please look out for our friends and neighbours – particularly elderly and vulnerable people.
“A third of elderly people never or only occasionally socialise with family or friends. They can be slow to seek help and once ill, are much more likely to get very unwell.
“Keeping an eye out for elderly relatives and neighbours and supporting them in the cold weather can help them stay well this winter.”
“If you do get ill, your local pharmacist is often best placed to help for most illnesses. If your pharmacy is shut, NHS 111 can direct you to a local service that is open. You can also find the right care for you via our website.”
If you do need medical attention over the festive period, the minor injuries at Mount Vernon hospital will be open as normal every day, except Christmas Day, between 9am – 8pm:
In any other case, try speaking to your nearest pharmacist first.
Pharmacy opening times
|Pharmacy Name||Address||Post code||Tel:||Christmas Day||28 Dec||1 Jan|
|Sharmans Pharmacy||3-4 Clive Parade, Northwood||HA6 2QF||01923 825 288||10am-2pm||Closed||Closed|
|Sainsburys Pharmacy||Lombardy Retail Park, Coldharbour Rd, Hayes, Middlesex||UB3 3EX||020 8848 9112||Closed||9am-5pm||10am-5pm|
|Tesco||Glencoe Road, Hayes||UB4 9SQ||020 3284 8547||Closed||9am-6pm||Closed|
|Boots||163 High Street, Uxbridge||UB8 1JZ||01895 233326||Closed||10.30am-5.30pm||10.30am-5.30pm|
|Boots||128 The Chimes High Street, Uxbridge||UB8 1GA||01895 233526||Closed||9am-6pm||10am-6pm|
|Boots||Waitrose Supermarket, 9 Kings End, Ruislip||HA4 7DS||01895 672008||Closed||10am-4pm||Closed|
|Boots||67 High Street, Ruislip||HA4 8LS||01895 639991||Closed||10am-4pm||Closed|
|HA McParland Ltd||118 Cowley Road, Uxbridge, Middlesex||UB8 2LX||01895 233668||Closed||10am-4pm||Closed|
|HA McParland Ltd||522 Uxbridge Road, Hayes, Middlesex||UB4 0SA||020 8848 8447||Closed||10am-4pm||Closed|