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Choosing Well this Christmas & New Year

Doctors in Devon are calling on people to take preventative measures ahead of the holiday season.

The Christmas and New Year holidays put extra pressure on health services, with visitors to Devon increasing the number of people here at a time when GP practices are closed.

If you need medical advice over the Bank Holiday period NHS 111 free helpline can connect callers to a nurse, emergency dentist or even a GP, and can arrange face-to-face appointments if they think one is needed.

For those who do succumb to a virus, minor conditions such as headaches, colds and back pain can be treated effectively by a pharmacist, who can offer a range of solutions and advice without the need to consult a GP.

Your healthcare options this Christmas & New Year

NHS 111 

The NHS 111 telephone helpline is open 24 hours a day and is staffed by trained individuals who will advise and guide you to the right service.

Minor Injuries Units (MIUs) 

MIUs are an alternative to attending accident and emergency when an injury is not considered life-threatening but still requires urgent treatment, without the need for an appointment. They are run by nurse practitioners who can treat injuries like cuts, small burns or scalds, bites and stings, sprains and certain fractures, minor head injuries and foreign bodies in eyes. Find your nearest MIU and its opening times here.


Pharmacists can offer quick, early advice to patients who feel unwell and they can now provide some medicines usually only available on prescription. Many have private consulting rooms too. Find your nearest pharmacy and check opening times here.

Regular Medications

Ensure you have enough to cover the long weekend and request repeat prescriptions well in advance if necessary.

Medicine Cabinet

Stock up with over-the-counter remedies for ailments such as headaches, stomach upsets, cuts, grazes and stings and indigestion, including remedies for children.

HANDI Paediatric APP

If you have children, download the app for guidance on how to treat them, more information is available in our app library.

NHS UK Website

For advice on symptoms, treatments and where to get help you can look here.

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