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GP Out of Hours Services for Caredoc Sligo, North Leitrim and West Cavan at Christmas

With the Christmas and New Year holidays almost here it’s always best to be prepared. This year, the HSE in partnership with GP Out of Hours Services, are asking people to prepare ahead for a healthy and happy Christmas and New Year.
To avoid interruptions to the festivities, it’s important for people to plan in advance for any anticipated medical needs over the holiday period such as prescription renewals.  There are lots of things to think about at this time of year and medication needs can often get overlooked. The HSE is reminding patients to reflect on what is needed and to make the necessary arrangements with your GP practice and pharmacist and not to leave it to the last minute.
Brian Murphy, Head of Planning, HSE Primary Care Division says: “We want to remind people to be prepared this Christmas by renewing prescriptions early and to book GP appointments for routine visits during normal clinic hours.  As the Christmas holidays are the busiest times for the GP Out of Hours Services, we are asking people to reserve this service for people with urgent medical problems only.

"As part of the 2017 Christmas period campaign, posters with up to date Christmas and New Year opening hours for each of the GP Out of Hours Services will be displayed locally.  Our social media campaign is also helping to prompt people to prepare ahead of the holidays and to reserve the GP Out of Hours Services for those with urgent medical conditions.
"We have also set up a ‘Stay Well this Christmas’ webpage on the HSE site at www.hse.ie/winter to provide information and advice on keeping well over the holiday period.

I would urge everyone to take the time to prepare in advance, to use the GP Out of Hours Services for urgent medical problems only, and to take measures to stay well this Christmas and New Year; I wish everyone a healthy and safe Christmas and New Year.”
Easy Ways to Plan Ahead this Christmas

1.        Book an appointment at your own GP surgery for routine matters - as most GP surgeries
           will be closed on 23rd December, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and New Year’s Day.  
2.        If you have a medical condition that requires medication, ensure you order sufficient
           supplies to cover the whole holiday and any trips away you have planned.
3.        Stock up on home medicine cabinet essentials at your local pharmacy; painkillers-
           including painkillers for kids, indigestion remedies, cough and cold medicines,
           plasters, bandages, antiseptic cream, thermometer, contraceptives and a minor injury
           first aid kit are all sensible items to have to hand.
4.        For common ailments like coughs, colds and sore throats, you’ll find straightforward advice
          on www.undertheweather.ie
GP Out of Hours Service  - Caredoc Sligo, North Leitrim and West Cavan

        The phone number for the Caredoc Sligo, North Leitrim, and West Cavan GP Out of
        hours service is 0818 365 399 and the treatment centre is located in the
        Primary Care Building, Barrack St, Sligo, F91 Y8EK.

        Christmas and New Year Opening Hours

        The Caredoc service will open from 6pm Friday 22rd until 9am Wednesday 27th
        December 2017.

        Caredoc normal opening hours will resume for Wednesday 27th, Thursday 28th and
        Friday 29th December 2017.

        The Caredoc service will open from 6pm Friday 29th December until 9am Tuesday 2nd
        January 2018.

The GP Out of Hours service is available outside the routine GP surgery times over the holidays including the bank holidays and weekends. This service is for patients who have urgent medical problems that cannot wait until their own GP practice re-opens.  We would encourage people to visit www.hse.ie/winter where they can find:

Straightforward advice on how to get through common illnesses without antibiotics    www.undertheweather.ie ;

    How to contact a GP OOH Service;
    Where Minor Injury Units are located;
    How to contact the HSE Information Line - HSELive;
    and tips on quitting smoking and getting physically active.

Under the Weather

The www.undertheweather.ie website was developed by the HSE in partnership with GPs and pharmacists.  It gives sensible, practical information on a range of common illnesses like colds, flu, earaches, sore throats and tummy bugs.  The information is provided for adults and children and tells you how long an illness should last, what to expect, and what you can do to cope with, and recover from, these illnesses.  The site includes a series of videos featuring GPs and Pharmacists who offer their expertise on dealing with these common illnesses, practical remedies, and advice on when to seek help from either a pharmacist or a doctor.