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Beat your stubborn cold this Christmas with a trip to your local pharmacy

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For the NHS, the festive period is always a very busy time. Local residents across East Lancashire and Blackburn with Darwen are being reminded to seek advice from local pharmacists should they suffer with minor illnesses and need treatment advice.

Dr David White, Clinical Lead for Urgent Care at Blackburn with Darwen and East Lancashire Clinical Commissioning Groups, said:

“All of our pharmacists are highly trained medical professionals who provide free advice on the best treatment for a wide range of illnesses and minor injuries and should be the first point of call for any minor illness. Our urgent care departments should be left free for serious accidents and life-threatening illnesses.

“We are under serious pressures with coronavirus in circulation, especially during the winter months which are usually the busiest time of year for the NHS.

“Anyone who isn’t feeling well over the festive period can also ring 111 for help and advice on where to go and who to see. 111 Online is also available at 111.nhs.uk where you will answer a series of questions about your main symptom, and then you will be given information on when and where to get help and be contacted by a nurse, if needed.”

The NHS website is a very useful tool and gives a complete guide to conditions, symptoms and treatments, including what to do and when to get help. Here you can also access the latest advice about coronavirus, including information about symptoms, self-isolation and testing. If you, or a member of your household have any symptoms of coronavirus please self-isolate and get tested. Find more information at: www.nhs.uk

The Common Childhood Illnesses handbook is an extensive and informative guide for parents and carers of children, from birth to five years old, to use when assessing and managing their children with minor conditions. This is available on both CCG websites:

eastlancsccg.nhs.uk/patient-information/your-health/children-and-young-people-s-health/childhood-illnesses

www.blackburnwithdarwenccg.nhs.uk/health/child-health/childhood-illness-guidance-booklet/

In East Lancashire and Blackburn with Darwen all pharmacies will be open on Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve as normal. However, closing times may vary so it is best to check with your individual pharmacy.

A full list of Christmas and New Year opening times for pharmacies is available on our website.