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17 December 2012 at 11:05

Examine your options before using Accident and Emergency departments is the message from doctors and nurses at this Christmas and New Year.

Coughs, colds, sore-throats, upset stomachs, general aches and pains, and flu will usually clear up on their own. Keep warm, drink plenty of fluids and, if appropriate, treat with over-the-counter painkillers such as paracetamol.

Contact your GP for help with injuries or illnesses that won’t go away.

Alternatively, visit West Lancashire Health Centre at Ormskirk hospital which is open from 8am to 10pm all year round (Christmas Day 9am to 5pm). Skelmersdale NHS Walk-in Centre is also open every day between 7am and 10pm (except Christmas Day, Boxing Day, New Year’s Day and weekends 9am to 5pm).

“A&E is for people facing life-threatening and serious emergencies such as serious accidents, serious burns, breathing problems, heart-attacks and strokes,” said Southport hospital A&E matron Jayne Norbury.

“You don’t need an appointment but we’ll make an assessment on arrival and, depending on how urgent treatment is needed, you may have to wait up to four hours. The triage nurse or clinician may signpost you to a different health care provider such as your GP, dentist or pharmacy.

“That’s why you might be better examining your options and choosing another NHS service – or even treating yourself.”

Advice is also available from NHS Direct on 0845 46 47 and NHS Choices at www.nhs.uk 24 hours a day as well as local pharmacies.

Trust clinics providing sexual health services will be closed on Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day. Complete opening times can be found here:

Sefton Christmas
West Lancashire Christmas
Sefton New Year
West Lancashire New Year

Telephone 01704 513303 for more information about the clinic opening times.

For information about NHS service where you live click either of the following links: Sefton or West Lancashire.

Issued by Tony Ellis, marketing and communications manager
Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust

Telephone 01704 704494
Email tonyellis@nhs.net


Notes for editors

1. Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust manages Southport and Formby District General Hospital and Ormskirk and District General Hospital. It is also responsible for many community healthcare services for adults in Southport, Formby and West Lancashire. The Trust provides healthcare to a population of 258,000 people and employs 3,500 staff.

2. Skelmersdale NHS Walk-in Centre opening times

Dec 24
07.00-22.00
31 Dec
07.00-22.00
25
09.00-17.00
1 Jan
09.00-17.00
26
09.00-17.00
2
07.00-22.00
27
07.00-22.00
3
07.00-22.00
28
07.00-22.00
4
07.00-22.00
29
09.00-17.00
6
09.00-17.00
30
09.00-17.00
7
09.00-17.00


3. West Lancashire Health Centre provides services to both registered and unregistered patients. The centre provides primary urgent care and treatement for minor Injuries. It is open from 8am to 10pm every day apart from Christmas Day (9am to 5pm).