Where to go in east and north Hertfordshire for medical help over the festive season

Where to go in east and north Hertfordshire for medical help over the festive season

If you, a family member or a friend are very unwell during the Christmas and New Year holiday period, the NHS in Hertfordshire has health services which are open and available to keep you safe. 

Dr Hari Pathmanathan, local GP and Chair of East and North Hertfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group said:

“If you or someone you care for is very unwell over the Christmas or New Year holidays, don’t put off getting medical help.  NHS 111, out of hours GPs, pharmacies, minor injuries units and the Urgent Care Centre in Welwyn Garden City are all available and can help you to get the right treatment.  Ring NHS 111 free at any time of the day or night for advice on where to go.”   

“Don’t forget to check that you have enough prescription medication to see you through the festive period – if you haven’t, get in touch with your GP as soon as possible. 

“If you have relatives coming to stay, don’t forget to remind them to bring any medicines they rely on too.  Trying to get the important tablets you need when you’re away from home can be time consuming and stressful.”

For a full list of Christmas and New Year pharmacy opening times across east and north Hertfordshire, go to www.enhertsccg.nhs.uk/pharmacies

Here is a reminder of the other health services available this Christmas and New Year: 

NHS 111

If you have an injury or illness that is not life-threatening but you think that you need to be seen by a doctor or nurse, call NHS 111 free at any time, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.  NHS 111 advisors will be able to guide you to the nearest treatment centre for your needs. 

Minor Injuries Units are available at Cheshunt Community Hospital and the Herts and Essex Hospital in Bishop’s Stortford. An Urgent Care Centre is available at the New QEII Hospital in Welwyn Garden City.

Information on urgent care centres and minor injuries units across Hertfordshire can be found on the NHS Choices website (www.nhs.uk)  Type in your postcode to find your nearest health services.