Cold weather can be dangerous for your health, which is why it’s especially important to look after yourself and keep warm over the winter months.

See a pharmacist

Pharmacists can offer trusted advice on a range of issues whether it’s a cough or managing a long-term condition.

Community pharmacists and pharmacy technicians are qualified healthcare professionals who can offer clinical advice and over the counter medicines to effectively and safely manage a range of minor health concern. They can assess symptoms and recommend the best course of treatment or simply provide reassurance, for instance when a minor illness will get better on its own with a few days’ rest. If symptoms suggest it’s something more serious, they have the right clinical training to ensure people get the help they need

With the Easter break on its way, now is the time to check if you need to order a repeat prescription. Make sure you place any orders for repeat prescriptions with your GP in plenty of time so you don’t run out.

GP surgeries across Surrey Heath are running a number of additional appointments over the Easter bank holiday Monday-  please check your individual practice website for further details. You can find details of pharmacy opening times pdf here.   (424 KB)

 

Know where to go

A&E is extra busy this time of year, so if you need medical help but it isn’t an emergency there are other routes you should use.

NHS organisations nationwide are urging people to understand what health service to use if you feel unwell over the winter. This helps to ensure that the thousands of people needing help get the care they need as quickly as possible.

Going to A&E, or calling 999, should be used when someone is severely injured, seriously unwell or with symptoms such as severe breathing difficulties or persistent and heavy bleeding.

You can dial 111 if you urgently need medical help or advice but it's not a life-threatening situation. The service is free to use and is open 24 hours a day and should be used if you think you need to go to A&E, don’t know who to call or if you need health information or reassurance about what to do next.

If your illness is not life threatening and you have been feeling unwell for a while it is likely that you may need to contact your doctor. GP surgeries across Surrey Heath are running a number of additional appointments throughout February and March - please check your individual practice website for further details.