During the Christmas period with falling temperatures it is important to take care and stay healthy but just in case you need medial help, we've put together all the information you need on NHS services in Hillingdon.
Some NHS departments will be closed during the Christmas period while others are open all year round.
Dr Ian Goodman, chair of Hillingdon Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and a local GP said: “With the cold weather it is important to look after yourself and stay well.
“Your local NHS is here to help, providing you with the right care at the right time.
“For many common complaints, a visit to your pharmacist, walk-in centre or other health service could be more appropriate than a stressful trip to A and E.”
For any medical help that is not an emergency the best place to start is by calling 111 to find the right service for you.
When it comes to common illnesses and health problems, the pharmacist can be a good place to get advice.
Hillingdon CCG has reminded residents to pick up their repeat prescriptions, especially asthma, diabetic medication and insulin, before Christmas Eve so they do not run out during the holidays.
Most pharmacies are closed on Christmas Day except for Hayes Town Pharmacy in Coldharbour Lane, which is open from 8am to 11pm.
However most will reopen on Boxing Day except for the Tesco in-store pharmacies in Yiewsley and Hayes.
The December 27 Bank Holiday will see all pharmacies in the borough reopen.
Your local GP practice will be open as normal except on the Bank Holidays over Christmas an New Year, which are December 26 and 27 and January 2.
Mental health care
Mental health services including routine, urgent and emergency referrals, and information and advice will still be available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and 365 days a year.
To access these services, call 0800 0234 650.
Walk-in and minor injuries
The hospital is open every day except Christmas Day between 9am to 8pm.
Minor injuries include minor illnesses, cuts and grazes, minor scalds and burns, strains and sprains, bites and stings, minor broken bones, minor head injuries, ear and throat infections, minor skin infections and rashes, minor eye conditions and infections, stomach pains and suspected fractures.
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