A quick guide to where to get help over the holidays

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AS PEOPLE get ready to celebrate Christmas and the new year, some of us will fall ill or need medical attention.

And although services will be limited over the holidays, there will still be NHS treatment available.

So here we have put together the services you may need to access and useful contact numbers.

INJURIES AND ILLNESS

People suffering from issues such as cuts, sprains, strains, stomach upsets or in need of emergency contraception can avoid going to the emergency department at Queen Alexandra Hospital in Cosham.

Instead you can go to a minor injuries unit, walk-in centre or healthcare centre.

You can visit St Mary’s NHS Treatment Centre, Milton Road, which will be open 8am until 9.15pm, everyday.

Or you can call the centre on 0845 076 5551.

You can also visit the Minor Injuries Unit, in Gosport War Memorial Hospital, Bury Road, Gosport, which will be open everyday from 8am to 9pm.

Or call the centre on (023) 9279 4753.

The Guildhall Walk Healthcare Centre, in Guildhall Walk, Portsmouth, will be open everyday from 8am to 8pm, call (023) 9275 1006.

You don’t need an appointment or to be registered with the centre.

OUT OF HOURS

If you have an urgent problem that cannot wait until your GP surgery opens, then you can call the out of hours service.

It should not be used for getting repeat prescriptions.

Patients in the Portsmouth area should call 0300 300 2012.

For out of hours dental emergencies phone 0845 050 8345.

You can also use this number to book emergency dental care during the day, Monday to Fridays.

PHARMACIES

Community pharmacists are qualified experts who can give confidential advice on common minor illnesses like coughs and colds, headaches or cystitis, as well as medicines and emergency contraception.

To check which pharmacies are open in Fareham, Gosport, Havant and Waterlooville, go to hampshire.nhs.uk/local-services/choose-well.

And for Portsmouth go to portsmouth.nhs.uk/your-health/choosewell.

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