Keep well in winter

Use the following information to find out more about how you, your family and friends can keep well during the cold weather.

Pharmacies: Treat yourself better
The majority of colds and flu like illnesses will be over in a few days and your pharmacist can help you manage the symptoms and give you practical advice.  Pharmacies offer a wide range of services; many also have private consultation rooms if you would like to speak in confidence.  If you receive regular medicines, please make sure that you order your prescription early. 

The NHS website
This website contains information from the NHS on conditions, treatments, local services and healthy living and can be accessed here. 

Your GP (family doctor)
GPs assess, treat and manage a whole range of health problems. They also provide health education, give vaccinations and carry out simple surgical procedures. Your GP will arrange a referral to a hospital specialist should you need it.

Your local GP practice will be closed over the festive period and may also offer limited appointments around Christmas and New Year. If you need to see a GP when the practice is closed, please call your surgery and follow the instructions on the recorded message.

GP weekend service
Patients registered with a North Kirklees GP practice can arrange GP appointments for urgent health problems on Saturday and Sunday mornings.  The new service is accessed via a telephone hotline by calling 01924 351499 between 8am and 11.30am each weekend. The service, provided by Curo Health – a local federation of GP practices – will assess the patient’s condition by phone and, if appropriate, offer them an appointment at one of five health centres across North Kirklees.

Not sure where to go? Call NHS 111
You can call 111 when you need medical help fast but it’s not a 999 emergency. NHS 111 is a fast and easy way to get the right help, whatever the time.

Locala Walk-In-Centre
A Walk in Centre gives you fast and convenient access to local NHS services, information and treatment without needing an appointment. You don’t need to book or register just walk in and be seen by the team of experienced health professionals. Treatment provided at the Walk in Centre does not replace your local GP or hospital services but complements them. The Locala Walk in Centre is located within the Accident and Emergency Department at Dewsbury and District Hospital, and offers a nurse led assessment, advice and treatment service.

Locala Walk-In-Centre
A & E
Dewsbury and District Hospital
Halifax Road
WF13 4HS

Telephone 01924 542695

Anyone wishing to go to the walk in centre should first book in at A&E reception.

When should I go to A&E or call 999?
A&E departments assess and treat patients with serious injuries or illnesses. Generally, you should visit A&E or call 999 for life-threatening emergencies, such as:

  • loss of consciousness
  • acute confused state and fits that are not stopping
  • persistent, severe chest pain
  • breathing difficulties
  • severe bleeding that cannot be stopped

Some more ‘Top Tips’ can be found here.

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