Plan ahead for festive health, doctors urge

HIGH PEAK Patients are being reminded to think carefully about their health care, and plan ahead, as Christmas approaches.

Dr David Riddell, chair of the High Peak clinical reference group for North Derbyshire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and GP at Goyt Valley Medical and Dental Practice, is urging patients to use NHS services wisely over the holidays, and to make sure they pre-order any necessary medication, as the majority of pharmacies and all GP practices will be closed on Christmas Day and New Year’s Day.

He said: “For those with long-term health problems, taking daily medication is an important part of their treatment, and many are at risk of suffering serious attacks or hospitalisation if medical supplies run out.

“We’re appealing to people to check that they have enough daily medication to see them through.

“If they don’t they should call into their pharmacist or local GP surgery in good time.

“If you become unwell over Christmas, or need medical advice when your GP surgery is closed, GP out of hours services can be accessed by calling the 24-hour 111 health line.”

The Minor Injury Unit at Buxton Hospital is open daily from 8am to 10pm, and the North High Peak Urgent Care Centre is available Monday to Friday, 6.30pm to 10pm and Saturday, Sunday and Bank Holidays, 9.30am to 10pm.