Stay well this winter

January can be a miserable month. Christmas is over, the nights are still dark and lots of people are feeling under the weather.

So what can you do if you need medical help or advice?

Lots of people take themselves to A&E, but then find they could just as well have seen their GP. With most GPs open for longer than ever, this is even easier. Your surgery may well be open on Saturdays as well as into the evenings during the week. So, if you’re feeling groggy, just ring your surgery, or check out their website, to find out when they’re open.

Or you can head to the walk-in centre at School House Practice in Dewsbury Health Centre. You’ll be able to see a doctor there even if you’re not registered.

You can also see a pharmacist, with long opening hours and a range of services, including a private consultation room in many pharmacies. And you don’t even have to make an appointment. Why not check out what’s available at your local pharmacy?

You should always call 999 in a genuine emergency but if the problem isn’t that serious, please check here to find the best and quickest way to get the help you need.

For more information head to www.nhsstaywell.org for help and advice about what to do when feeling unwell or in an emergency. You can also use this website to find out where your nearest pharmacy is and when they are open together with the services they offer.

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