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  • 1. NEWS RELEASE…NEWS RELEASE…NEWS RELEASEWinter and festive survival guideWITH the Christmas and New Year holiday period fast approaching and theprospect of winter’s chilly blast throwing its worst at us, here is some usefuladvice and information from NHS North East Essex on how to stay healthyand, should you require treatment, where to go to get it.Where to get treatment GP cover: If you need to contact a doctor outside normal surgery hours telephone Harmoni, the local GP out-of-hours service, on 0845 602 5215 (local rate). This service should only be used for urgent medical problems that cannot wait until the patient’s own GP practice re-opens. Many GP surgeries will be opening for extended hours during the Christmas period. Check with your surgery for details. Dental cover: For all urgent dental treatment over the Christmas and New Year holiday period, telephone Harmoni, the out-of-hours emergency dental service, on 0845 602 5238 (local rate). Once triaged the nurse will give you the number of the dentist who is on call to carry out any necessary treatment. Pharmacies: The following pharmacies will be open over Christmas and New Year Christmas Eve Saturday 24th December 2011 (normal hours, except) ASDA, Turner Rise, Colchester CO4 5TU 06:00-19:00 Boots, Lion Walk, Colchester CO1 1LX 08:30-17:30 Boots, Fiveways Store, Peartree Road, Colchester 08:30-17:00 Boots, Plume Avenue, Colchester CO3 4PG 08:00-21:00 Boots, Tollgate West, Stanway, Colchester CO3 8RG Close Midnight Boots, 54-62 Pier Avenue, Clacton CO15 1QN 08:30-17:30 Boots, High Street, Dovercourt, CO12 3AX 08:30-17:30 Boots, 10 Connaught Avenune, Frinton CO13 9PW 09:00-17:30 Boots, Barfield Rd, West Mersea, CO5 8QX 09:00-17:30 Holland Pharmacy, Frinton Road, Holland on Sea 08:00-22:00 North Road, Pharmacy, St John’s Rd, Gt. Clacton 07:00-22:00 Oakley Pharmacy, Gt Oakley CLOSED
  • 2. Prescriptions 2 You, Pier Avenue, Clacton Close 18:00 Queen Street Pharmacy, Queen St, Colchester Close 18:30 Sainsbury’s, Western Approach, Tollgate, Colchester Close 18:00 Tesco, Highwoods, Colchester CO4 9ED Close 17:00 Tiptree Pharmacy, Church Road, Tiptree CO5 0HB 08:00-MidnightChristmas Day Sunday 25th Dec 2011 Prescriptions 2 You, Pier Avenue, Clacton 10:00-13:00 Queen Street Pharmacy, Queen Street, Colchester 10:00-12:00 Tiptree Pharmacy, Church Road, Tiptree CO5 0HB 10:00-14:00Boxing Day Monday 26th December ASDA, Turner Rise, Colchester CO4 5TU 10:00-16:00 Boots Lion Walk, Colchester CO1 1LX 10:30-16:30 Boots, Tollgate, Stanway, Colchester CO3 8RG 10:00-16:00 Boots, 54-62 Pier Avenue, Clacton CO15 1QN 09:00-17:00 Boots, High Street, Dovercourt, CO12 3AX 10:00-16:00 Boots, 10 Connaught Avenue, Frinton CO13 9PW 10:00-16:00 Boots, Church Road, Tiptree CO5 0HF 09:00-12:00 Boots, 37 Barfield Rd, West Mersea CO5 8QX 11:00-17:00 Prescriptions 2 You, Pier Avenue, Clacton 09:00-18:00 Sainsbury’s, Western Approach, Tollgate, Colchester 10:00-17:00 Tiptree Pharmacy, Church Road, Tiptree CO5 0HB 10:00-14:00Tuesday 27th December – Bank Holiday ASDA, Turner Rise, Colchester CO4 5TU 09:00-18:00 Boots 52 Victoria Place, Brightlingsea CO7 0AB 09:00-13:00 Boots Lion Walk, Colchester CO1 1LX 08:30-17:30 Boots, Tollgate, Stanway, Colchester CO3 8RG 10:00-16:00 Boots, 54-62 Pier Avenue, Clacton CO15 1QN 09:00-17:00 Boots, High Street, Dovercourt, CO12 3AX 09:00-17:00 Boots, 10 Connaught Avenue, Frinton CO13 9PW 10:00-16:00 Boots, Station Road, Manningtree CO11 1AA 10:00-14:00 Boots, 37 Barfield Rd, West Mersea CO5 8QX 10:00-16:00 Boots, Church Road, Tiptree CO5 0HF 10:00-13:00 Prescriptions 2 You, Pier Avenue, Clacton 09:00-18:00 Sainsbury’s, Western Approach, Tollgate, Colchester 09:00-19:00 Tesco, Highwoods, Colchester CO4 9ED 11:00-16:00 Tiptree Pharmacy, Church Road, Tiptree CO5 0HB 10:00-14:00
  • 3. New Year’s Eve Saturday 31st December – normal opening hours, except ASDA, Turner Rise, Colchester CO4 5TU 06:00-19:00 Boots, Lion Walk, Colchester CO1 1LX 08:30-17:30 Boots, Fiveways Store, Peartree Road, Colchester 08:30-17:00 Boots, Plume Avenue, Colchester CO3 4PG 08:00-23:00 Boots, Tollgate West, Stanway, Colchester CO3 8RG Close 21:00 Boots, 54-62 Pier Avenue, Clacton CO15 1QN 08:30-17:30 Boots, High Street, Dovercourt, CO12 3AX 08:30-17:30 Boots, 10 Connaught Avenue, Frinton CO13 9PW 09:00-17:30 Boots, Barfield Rd, West Mersea CO5 8QX 09:30-17:30 Holland Pharmacy, Frinton Road, Holland on Sea 08:00-22:00 North Road, Pharmacy, St John’s Rd, Gt. Clacton 07:00-22:00 Oakley Pharmacy, Gt. Oakley, Dovercourt Closed Prescriptions 2 You, Pier Avenue, Clacton Close 18:00 Queen Street Pharmacy, Queen St, Colchester Close 18:30 Sainsbury’s, Western Approach, Tollgate, Colchester Close 19:00 Tesco, Highwoods, Colchester CO4 9ED Close 17:00 Tiptree Pharmacy, Church Road, Tiptree CO5 0HB 08:00-00:00New Year’s Day Sunday 1st January 2012 (normal trading, except) ASDA. Turner Rise, Colchester CO4 5TU 10:00-16:00 Boots, Lion Walk, Colchester CO1 1LX 10:30-16:30 Boots, Plume Avenue, Colchester, CO3 4PG 09:00-19:00 Boots, Tollgate West, Stanway, Colchester CO3 8RG 10:00-16:00 Boots, 54-62 Pier Avenue, Clacton CO15 1QN 10:00-16:00 Boots, Barfield Road, West Mersea CO5 8QX 10:00-16:00 Holland Pharmacy, Frinton Road, Holland on Sea 08:00-22:00 North Road Pharmacy , St Johns Road, Gt. Clacton 10:00-20:00 Prescriptions 2 You, Pier Avenue, Clacton 09:00-18:00 Queen Street Pharmacy, Queen St, Colchester 10:30-16:30 Sainsbury’s, Western Approach, Tollgate, Colchester 10:00-16:00 Tesco, Highwoods, Colchester CO4 9ED Closed Tiptree Pharmacy, Church Road, Tiptree 08:00-MidnightMonday 2nd January Bank Holiday ASDA, Turner Rise, Colchester CO4 5TU 09:00-18:00 Boots Lion Walk, Colchester CO1 1LX 10:30-16:30 Boots, Tollgate West, Stanway, Colchester CO3 8RG 10:00-16:00 Boots, 54-62 Pier Avenue, Clacton CO15 1QN 10:00-16:00 Boots, High Street, Dovercourt, CO12 3AX 10:00-16:00 Boots, 10 Connaught Avenue, Frinton CO13 9PW 10:00-16:00 Boots, Barfield Rd, West Mersea CO5 8QX 10:00-16:00
  • 4. Prescriptions 2 You, Pier Avenue, Clacton 09:00-18:00Sainsbury’s, Western Approach, Tollgate, Colchester 09:00-19:00Tesco, Highwoods, Colchester CO4 9ED 11:00-16:00Tiptree Pharmacy, Church Road, Tiptree CO5 0HB 10:00-14:00Medications: Arrange repeat prescriptions from your GP for anyprescribed medicines, to ensure you have enough. Keep yourmedicine cabinet well stocked with over-the-counter treatments.North Colchester Healthcare Centre (incorporating the walk-incentre), Colchester Primary Care Centre, Turner Road, Colchester,telephone 01206 314015: GP-led service providing treatment forminor injuries and illnesses, no appointment necessary. Please notethat repeat prescriptions are not available and there are no x-rayfacilities on site. Open throughout the holiday period from 7am until10pm.Clacton Minor Injury Unit, Clacton Hospital, Tower Road,telephone 01255 201594: Nurse-led service providing treatment forminor injuries, e.g. cuts, sprains and fractures. It is not able to issuerepeat prescriptions, treat medical conditions or acute illnesses. Openthroughout the holiday period from 9am until 9pm.Harwich Minor Injury Unit, Fryatt Hospital, Main Road, Dovercourt,telephone 01255 201226: Nurse-led service providing treatment forminor injuries, e.g. cuts, sprains and fractures. It is not able to issuerepeat prescriptions, treat medical conditions or acute illnesses. Openthroughout the holiday period from 9am until 5pm.NHS Direct: If you, or someone you know, falls ill over the holidayperiod (or at any other time) call NHS Direct on 0845 4647. Medicalprofessionals are on hand to give confidential health advice around theclock.Pharmacies: Your local pharmacists are qualified to offer expert helpand advice on medicines (prescribed and over-the-counter) as well asmany other ailments such as sore throats, colds and flu, mouthproblems, minor grazes and headaches. Most people live near to acommunity pharmacy and no appointment is necessary.Accident & Emergency department, Colchester General Hospital,Turner Road: Only for critical or life-threatening situations requiringmedical attention, such as loss of consciousness, heavy blood loss,suspected broken bones, persistent chest pain, difficulty breathing,overdoses, ingestion or poisoning. If you think immediate treatment byparamedics is needed, call 999 for an emergency ambulance.
  • 5. Tips to stay healthyCOMMON sense precautions should be followed to maximise the chances ofyou and your family enjoying a healthy Christmas and New Year.That is the message from Dr Shane Gordon, Chief Executive of North EastEssex Clinical Commissioning Group. He offered the following advice topeople to help ensure a healthy festive period and winter:• At this time of year we spend a lot of time visiting friends and relatives andunfortunately, we can bring unwanted gifts such as the flu. Flu, particularly forolder people and people in certain at risk groups can be an extremely seriousillness. If you are over 65 or in an at risk category – this includes people withdiabetes and chronic heart, chest or kidney conditions – flu vaccination is free.If you haven’t already done so, contact your GP surgery for a flu jab• cold weather can be a potential killer for older people, both in terms ofhypothermia and slips and falls. Dressing warmly with several light layers ofclothing; moving beds or chairs away from cold exterior walls, eating properly,taking regular warm drinks and staying active can all help people minimise therisk of hypothermia. If you know an older person living on their own, keep aneye out for them over the festive period – why not take round a slice ofChristmas cake and some Christmas cheer?• be prepared for minor health problems by keeping a well-stocked medicinescupboard that contains paracetamol, ibuprofen, indigestion remedies, coughmixture, mild laxatives and other medication that your family needs. Alwaysread the label and keep out of the reach of your young ones.• patients with repeat prescriptions should make sure they have enoughmedication to see them through the holiday period• there is nothing wrong with a Christmas drink but try not to over do it. If youare going out for a few drinks, it is best to eat beforehand and alternatealcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks. If you are drinking alcohol, don’t riskdriving – take the late bus, nominate a driver or arrange for a taxi to take youhome.Use antibiotics wiselyAS we enter the season of coughs, colds and flu, people are being urged touse antibiotics wisely.
  • 6. Paul Breame, Assistant Director Medicines Management and PharmacyCommissioning at NHS North East Essex, said it is very important that peopledon’t treat antibiotics as a cure-all.“We know from the feedback we receive from GPs that many people expectantibiotics prescribed to them if they have a cold, cough, flu or ear-ache.However, the facts are that antibiotics will not help with most of theseinfections as the majority are caused by viruses. “If people keep using antibiotics indiscriminately, they will have to addressgenuine resistance issues in the next few years. Widespread use of antibioticsfor many years has already resulted in many of them being ineffective againsta variety of bacteria,” said Paul. ends December 9 2011Issued on behalf of NHS North East Essex by PJR Communications Ltd. Forfurther information contact Peter Richardson on 01206 843225