NHS Lincolnshire Christmas advice

NHS Lincolnshire say they want people to be aware of the health services available to them over Christmas.

People can call NHS 111 to have their symptoms assessed and to be directed to the most appropriate health service.

Dental practices in the county that offer urgent dental treatment will be closed on Christmas Day and New Year’s Day.

People with an urgent dental need can contact NHS Direct on 0845 603 1404 to be triaged and given appropriate advice.

Dr Martin McShane, Director of Commissioning Development and QIPP for NHS Lincolnshire, said: “We want people in Lincolnshire to be aware of the health services available to them over the Christmas period to ensure they get the right care first time.

“The NHS 111 number is free to call from mobiles and landlines any time of the day. The telephone service will assess your symptoms and direct you to the most appropriate service, whether it be GP out of hours, a late night pharmacy or health care advice. Should you need an ambulance one will be sent immediately, just as if you have called 999.

“Most minor conditions and cold and flu like symptoms can be treated at home, so be prepared and make sure your medicine cupboard is well stocked with essentials like cold and flu remedies and pain relief.

“Don’t forget to check your local pharmacy for any changes to their opening times too.”