Get vaccinated and stock up your medicine cabinet before the festive season
People are being urged to be prepared before the festive period to avoid having to call the ambulance service with conditions which could have been prevented.
North West Ambulance Service (NWAS) NHS Trust is asking those with long-term medical conditions to renew their prescriptions in good time so that they do not run out of essential medication over Christmas and the New Year, when many GP surgeries are closed over Christmas.
People over the age of 65 years, pregnant women, children and adults with an underlying health condition (particularly long-term heart or respiratory disease) should also speak to their doctor about having a free jab to ensure they are well protected this winter.
This is because they are more vulnerable to the effects of flu and could develop flu complications, which could lead to more serious illnesses such as bronchitis and pneumonia – which, in turn, may result in hospitalisation.
Derek Cartwright, Director of Emergency Services at NWAS said: "We make sure our cars and houses are winter proof and we need to do the same with our health. As well as de-icer for our cars and salt for our paths, we should all have a well-stocked medicine cabinet for the winter months with items such as paracetamol, stomach powders, sore throat remedies and basic first aid items.
"And for those with minor conditions, we ask that you consider contacting your local pharmacy, GP or walk in centre or call 111 for advice."
Local newspapers and 111 can advise which pharmacies are open on Christmas Day and Boxing Day.
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