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12 Days of Christmas

For most, Christmas is a time for snuggling up on the sofa, relaxing at home and spending time with friends and family. For our local hospitals, Christmas is the busiest time of the year, with the cold weather and seasonal viruses such as flu doing the rounds.

To support our hardworking doctors and nurses, this Christmas, Lambeth CCG @NHSLambethCCG will be tweeting ‘The Twelve days of Christmas’ with a difference. The tweets will remind people that alternative services to A&E are available, and that this winter, you should only visit A&E if it is a serious life threatening emergency. Each day we will be sharing a tweet about a seasonal ailment and the best place to get it treated during the holiday season.
 
Whether you’ve slipped and fallen on the ice; cut your hand carving the turkey; or strained your back putting up the tree, choosing the right NHS service for your symptoms means you’ll be seen quickly and get the treatment you need. It also eases the pressure on A&E and 999 services meaning they can concentrate on helping those with life-threatening conditions who are most in need of their care.
 
Paul Heenan, local GP said: “If you feel unwell this Christmas, there are a wide variety of NHS services available close to home. We know it can sometimes be confusing knowing which service is right for you, especially when you’re not feeling 100 per cent. Over 6000 people follow @NHSLambethCCG on Twitter, so we’re tweeting this Christmas to reach out to local people with some examples of illnesses and injuries typical at this time of year, and advice on where they can be best treated.”
 
He added: “It really is important to remember that 999 and A&E services are only for serious life threatening emergencies. If your GP surgery is closed, remember you can call the out-of-hours service provided by the South East London Doctors on Call (SELDOC) on 020 8693 9066, or visit www.nhs.uk  to find the right service out of hours.”
 
During the festive season, self-care is the best for hangovers; treat this at home simply by combining a well-stocked medicine cabinet with plenty of rest.
 
For minor ailments, local pharmacists can provide expert advice on how to help manage illnesses, as well as providing guidance on the best treatments.  Some pharmacies are open over the festive period – you can check which ones at www.lambethccg.nhs.uk.
 
And if you haven’t already, get your flu jab. As the weather gets colder, getting vaccinated is the best way to keep well and protect you and your family against the flu.
 
For more advice on keeping warm, staying healthy and which health service to use, visit www.nhs.uk.