The HSE is working in partnership with GP out of hours services to remind people to be prepared this Christmas by renewing prescriptions early and to book a GP appointment for routine visits during normal clinic hours. The HSE is asking patients to keep GP Out of Hours services for urgent referrals only. This will help the GP Out of Hours (OOH) services for those who really need it this Christmas and will help people who need urgent care to access the service.
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 need urgent GP out of hours services. We would encourage people to visit www.hse.ie/christmas 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;
- and tips on quitting smoking and getting physically active;
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.
Brian Murphy, Head of Planning, Primary Care Division says, “This campaign is aimed at encouraging patients to be prepared over the holiday period and to see their GP for routine appointments and repeat prescriptions during normal clinic times. Posters are in place in health facilities for GP OOH services to remind patients to check the opening times of their GPs surgery over the holiday period. As part of a Facebook social media campaign we have set up a ‘Stay Well this Christmas’ webpage on the HSE site www.hse.ie/christmas to provide information and advice on keeping well over the holiday period. I would urge everyone to take the time to prepare and to stay well this Christmas and New Year; I wish everyone a healthy and safe Christmas and New Year.”
Last updated on: 22 / 12 / 2016