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Christmas healthcare services in York


5:52pm 21st December 2011

The NHS walk-in centre on Monkgate in York city centre will be closed on Christmas Day.

People seeking medical help over Christmas are being asked to think ahead and choose the most appropriate place for treatment or advice.

Alternative sources of healthcare advice such as NHS Direct is available on 0845 46 47 for free confidential advice on symptoms and treatment options.

For treatment or advice for a serious or persistent health problem the GP out of hours service is available out of normal surgery opening times by calling the regular surgery number.

Local pharmacies can also offer a range of services to help tackle some of the more common complaints associated with winter. Patients who have routine or repeat prescriptions are being urged to make sure they have enough medication to see them through the holidays.
Michael Williams, emergency department consultant at York Teaching Hospital NHS Trust, said:

"We do not want to stop people going to A&E or calling 999 when they have a genuine emergency. However several studies show that a fair proportion of people who show up at A&E could have sought advice and treatment from other health services.

"During the busy winter period this means we have to prioritise people accordingly which can mean non-urgent cases waiting up to four hours to be seen.

"Giving some thought to where you go for treatment not only ensures you receive the most appropriate treatment in the quickest time possible, but also helps to reduce the pressures placed on A&E departments at this demanding time of year."

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