Remember to look after your health this Christmas

As winter kicks in Stockport residents who are troubled by minor common winter ailments such as a cough or cold are being urged to contact their pharmacist in the first instance.

It’s also important to think about your health care by ordering and collecting any repeat prescriptions early ahead of the Christmas and New Year weekends and bank holidays when some GP practices and pharmacies will be closed.

If you or someone you care for requires medicine regularly, it’s important to make sure you order and collect repeat prescriptions in good time, to ensure you and your family have enough medicine to last over the festive period.

To find your nearest Pharmacy – including their opening hours, contact details and services available – Please see the NHS website.

The Coronavirus helpline for Stockport residents who need extra support will also be open from 9.00am to 5pm Monday to Thursday and 9am to 4.30 pm Friday throughout the festive period. The helpline will be open from 9am to 12pm on Christmas Eve and from 9am to 3.30pm on New Years Eve. The line will be closed from Christmas Day until New Years Day.

You can find some helpful advice and tips on staying well on our look after your health and wellbeing page.There is also a range of support available to Stockport residents at a particularly stressful and isolating time during the COVID-19 pandemic.

There’s also lots of mental health support for those who may be spending Christmas alone this year. We know that Christmas can be difficult for many people, as it’s a time when loneliness can really hit home and that this might be heightened this year. You can find information on how to look after your mental health and tips on staying well during these uncertain times on the Coronavirus wellbeing support page.

Stockport Samaritans will also continue to be there for everyone this Christmas, providing confidential support 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Anyone can contact Samaritans for free any time from any phone, even a mobile without credit. Call__ 116 123__ or email jo@samaritans.org

The list of all pharmacies open across Greater Manchester on Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day is available below.

Councillor Jude Wells, Cabinet Member for Adult Care and Health, said: “The festive period will look different for many people this year, with those in Christmas bubbles, self-isolating or following social distancing advice. However, there’s lots of support available for you and your loved ones throughout Christmas and New Year so if you need any extra help it is always available.”

Dr Cath Briggs, local GP and Clinical Chair for NHS Stockport Clinical Commissioning Group said: “2020 has been difficult for all of our residents but we are delighted that vaccination of our most vulnerable residents has begun. The local health services will continue to be there for you throughout winter including your local GP and pharmacy. If you or your loved ones do need urgent care, think 111 first: Dial 111 and NHS 111 will be able to assess and direct you to the safest and most appropriate place to treat and care for you.”